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Tampa Electric Company (TECO) will begin converting part of the coal-fired Big Bend Power Plant in Apollo Beach, Fla., to natural gas in January 2021. Once TECO has converted coal-fired Unit 1 to natural gas, TECO’s new operation will reduce the water at the cooling intake tunnels that Tampa Bay Water uses as its seawater source for its Tampa Bay Desalination Plant, located next to the power plant.
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Tampa Bay Water’s Long-term Master Water Plan is a 20-year framework for meeting the region’s future drinking water needs. It is updated every five years. Work is underway for three projects approved by the board for additional study: expanding the Surface Water Treatment Plant, expanding the Desalination Plant, and assessing a new wellfield via aquifer recharge credits.
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Life has changed dramatically across the world, the nation and Tampa Bay since the outbreak of COVID-19, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the safety of your drinking water.
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Tampa Bay Water’s board of directors yesterday took actions at its October meeting to ensure the region has enough drinking water for at least the next 20 years.
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Regional water supplies in the Tampa Bay region have benefitted greatly from the 11 inches of rainfall that recently fell across the area.  Tampa Bay Water is taking full advantage of surface water sources, while they are flowing, and has recently filled the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir to 15 billion gallons. Higher than normal rainfall has also enabled Tampa Bay Water to take its most expensive supply, desalination, offline in June and July.
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