County Hosts Public Engagement on Planned South County Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 1, 2022) - Hillsborough County Water Resources is hosting a virtual public engagement to help inform residents of plans to build a new advanced wastewater treatment facility in southern Hillsborough County and to receive feedback from the community.
The South County One Water Campus Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility is being planned to improve wastewater service and meet short- and long-term demands in the southern Hillsborough County area. Water Resources staff has identified a parcel of about 200 acres of County-owned land located along the north side of Balm Picnic Road (County Road 672) near the Southeast Hillsborough County Landfill west of County Road 39.
The online engagement begins Aug. 8 and ends Aug. 21. Residents can participate at any time by visiting HCFLGov.net/HCEngage.
Like the County's Northwest Regional Water Reclamation Facility, the planned facility in the south will treat wastewater generated by homes and businesses in the southern service area that will be suitable for use by reclaimed water customers within southern Hillsborough County.
This project will be funded through the Water Resources Capital Improvement Program approved by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. The County plans to finalize the location of the facility this year. The design phase is expected to start in 2023, and construction should begin in 2024. The project should be completed in 2027.
Additional public engagement will take place before the facility is designed and constructed.
The project is part of the Hillsborough County One Water Campus Program, designed to serve as a comprehensive drinking water, wastewater, and reclaimed water solution to ensure reliable, resilient, and sustainable service in southern Hillsborough County.
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 Aug. 8 to Aug. 21. Visit HCFLGov.net/HCEngage to participate. The engagement offers detailed information on the project.
Residents without digital access for the virtual public engagement are encouraged to call (813) 272-5900, the County's main information line.