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Hillsborough County Seeks Feedback From Residents on South County Potable Water Transmission Project

Along with online engagement, Hillsborough County will host two in-person meetings

Hillsborough County, Fla. (June 21, 2022) - Hillsborough County Water Resources is hosting online and in-person public engagements beginning June 27 to provide information and receive feedback from residents about plans to construct two segments of drinking water transmission pipeline in South County.

The South County Potable (Drinking) Water Transmission Main project is designed to enhance service reliability and improve water pressure in south central Hillsborough County.

The online engagement begins June 27 and ends July 10. Residents can participate in the online public engagement at any time by visiting HCFLGov.net/HCEngage. (Note: The virtual public engagement will be available starting June 27.)

In addition, Hillsborough County Water Resources staff will host two in-person meetings to discuss the plans and answer questions for the two proposed segments. Segment One is along Balm Riverview Road from Big Bend Road to Balm Road. Segment Three is along State Road 674 from West Lake Drive to U.S. Hwy. 301.

Details on the two in-person meetings:

  • Tuesday, June 28, 6:30 p.m.
    Water Resources staff will present plans for Segment One
    Balm Park Recreation Center
    14747 Balm Wimauma Rd., Wimauma, FL 33598
  • Wednesday, June 29, 5 p.m.
    Water Resources staff will present plans for Segment Three
    SouthShore Regional Library
    15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, FL 33573

Segment One and Segment Three are a portion of the overall goal of constructing 11.5 miles of drinking water transmission pipeline that will increase water pressure to homes and businesses in the South County service area and meet future residential and commercial water demands.

The planned construction for Segment One and Segment Three will primarily take place within public rights-of-way. The work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and may include some nights and weekends.

Construction is anticipated to begin this year, and completion of the entire project is estimated to occur in 2024.

This initiative is part of Hillsborough County's One Water Campus Program, which is a comprehensive drinking water, wastewater, and reclaimed water solution to ensure reliable, resilient, and sustainable service in southern Hillsborough County.

The program involves building new treatment facilities, pumping stations, and pipelines, as well as improving existing facilities to supply drinking water, collect and treat wastewater, and provide reclaimed water for beneficial use. Hillsborough County Water Resources designed the One Water Campus projects to help the County keep pace with growth and ensure dependable utility services in the future.

This public engagement doesn't address Segment Two. Segment Two is a separate initiative with a different schedule. Hillsborough County Water Resources will address Segment Two soon with public engagement opportunities.

Public Engagement Opportunity

The County will conduct a virtual engagement using The Hillsborough Engagement Hub to collect feedback from the public. Public comment for this project is open from June 27 through July 10. Visit HCFLGov.net/HCEngage to participate. The engagement offers detailed information on the project and includes a graphic design that illustrates the pipeline route.

Residents without digital access for the virtual public engagement are encouraged to call (813) 272-5900, the County's main information line.

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