River Board tours CW Bill Young Reservoir

RiverBoard in hardhatIn June, several members of the River Board & TAC toured the CW Bill Young Reservoir, a key component of the regional water supply system. Abnormal cracking in the reservoir’s soil-cement erosion-control layer has limited its functionality. That’s why Tampa Bay Water is renovating the reservoir, replacing the erosion-control layer, so the facility can perform as intended and when needed.

Water stored here during wet times is used during dry times, making the region’s water supply more drought resistant, reliable and flexible. Safety has been paramount to Tampa Bay Water. From the original siting, permitting, construction and operations of the reservoir to the renovation design, permitting and operations, safety remains a priority for this storage facility.

C W Bill Young ReservoirConstruction on the reservoir renovation began in February 2013. In an effort, to restore reservoir operations as soon as possible, the contractors are working double shifts. All construction takes place on the crest and within the reservoir, which minimizes disturbances to the local community.
Construction is also coordinated from the bottom to the top, so Tampa Bay Water can resume storing water as soon as possible – even as construction is being completed near the reservoir crest.

This project is being done in a way that is friendly to the environment and meets all regulatory requirements:

  • All soil-cement and embankment removed from the slope is being reused for this project, resulting in cost savings and reduced environmental impact.ment Content
  • Construction is being staged to avoid surrounding wetlands or conservation areas as all of the work will take place inside the reservoir.
  • The project has been designed to avoid off-site stormwater discharges; all stormwater is collected and treated onsite; it will be sent to Tampa Bay Water’s surface water treatment plant
  • Construction is following all applicable state and federal guidelines for listed and protected wildlife found within the project area. Few, if any, impacts to wildlife are expected since the work will take place inside the reservoir.
  • Indigenous fish in the reservoir were relocated to nearby rivers and other bodies of water before construction.
  • Repairs are expected to conclude in few weeks with filling of the reservoir to begin thereafter.