Audit Report 10-13, Water Production Division, Released

03/18/15
The Internal Audit Department released their audit report of the Water Production Division.

Water Production is responsible for providing potable water to approximately 570,000 people in a service area of 211 square miles in and around the City. The treatment facility on 30th street has the capacity to treat 120 million gallons per day. Typical daily production runs 60-70 million gallons per day (MGD). Raw (untreated) water can also be purchased from Tampa Bay Water (TBW), a regional supplier, when demand is high. Current demand is down due to rain and the economy (empty houses in foreclosure).

A treatment facility at Morris Bridge has been closed and is not staffed. It is now a repump station and the connection point to receive water supply from TBW. The wellfield there is still active and is operated by TBW.

The City’s main source of water is the Hillsborough River. The Treatment plant is adjacent to the Hillsborough River and upstream from the dam. The dam was originally built in the 1890’s, and expanded during the depression by public works projects of the era. Improvements were made about 10 years ago. Additional improvements are scheduled for FY11.

Water Production has the capability to pump water into Aquatic Storage Recovery during the wet season when production exceeds demand and there is sufficient supply in the Hillsborough River. Approximately 1 billion gallons can be stored in this manner.
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