New Pipelines in Service in Downtown Tampa

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Residents and businesses in Downtown are enjoying improved water service reliability, increased water pressure, and improved fire protection thanks to an important pipeline project. Construction crews have completed the Downtown Pipeline Replacement project, which replaced six miles of Downtown Tampa pipelines and included the restoration of affected roads, plantings, and sod. The new 12-inch diameter pipelines replace aged, deteriorated pipelines, some 100 years old or more, that were prone to service interruptions and low-water pressure.

The $17.7 million Downtown Pipeline Replacement Project was funded by Water Department utility rates. Construction began in October 2009. The City’s contractor, CH2M HILL, worked with local businesses and residents to minimize inconvenience from traffic impacts, dust, noise, and service interruptions during some very challenging working conditions. Project work included crossing Kennedy Boulevard at night over one weekend to ensure the roadway was open during work hours, as well as coordinating with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit and the Straz Center.

The project was one component of the City’s Utility Capital Improvement Projects (UCAP), an important pipeline program designed to improve reliability and service by replacing the City’s aging water and wastewater pipelines. For additional information, please contact Wendy Nero with CH2M HILL at (813) 874-0777.