Tampa planning $200 million water infrastructure repair project

TAMPA, Fla. (UC) — The City of Tampa, Florida, is replacing dozens of miles of aging underground pipes in several neighborhoods, Spectrum News 9 reported.

The project will take about 3 and a half years to complete and cost about $200 million, the article states.

The project should improve water pressure and water quality, Tampa Infrastructure Administrator Brad Baird said.

“We will be reducing water main breaks and reducing the number of cave-ins on sanitary sewer sites,” Baird told Spectrum News 9.

Baird said the construction will happen in three planned phases. Phase 1 includes the repair and relining of around 27 miles of underground pipes. Phase 2 will target the removal and replacement of at least 18 miles of pipes. Phase 3 will address roadway and driving surface improvements in all four neighborhoods, the article states.

Tampa officials held a meeting with residents to inform them about the details of the project Wednesday evening.

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