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Polk Reclaimed Water Project

At Tampa Electric, we are proud of our outstanding record of environmental stewardship. I would like to tell you about an expansion of an innovative award-winning environmental project that benefits the community.

Construction on the final phase of the Polk Power Station Regional Reclaimed Water Partnership Initiative water transmission pipeline is about to begin. The project will allow Tampa Electric to collect reclaimed water from the city of Mulberry and Polk County, treat it and use it for cooling water at the Polk Power Station. This project will:

  • Reduce the amount of reclaimed water the city of Mulberry is discharging into the Alafia River and ultimately into Tampa Bay,
  • Maximize the beneficial reuse of reclaimed water at the Polk Power Station,
  • Ensure that the Polk Power Station site has a reliable water supply for the future, and
  • Avoid increasing the amount of groundwater used at the Polk Power Station.

This project is a cooperative partnership between Tampa Electric, the city of Mulberry, Polk County and Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). It is jointly funded by Tampa Electric and SWFWMD.

Tampa Electric will install about 5 miles of pipe to carry reclaimed water to the Polk Power Station. There will be two pipelines installed. The first one will begin at the city of Mulberry's wastewater treatment plant, travel south and east to State Road (SR) 37, then south to Cozart Road. (Please see attached map). The second pipeline will begin on SR 37 west of Loyce Harpe Park, travel east and south to end at the Lakeland Wetland Treatment System. The project also will include a pump station at the city's wastewater treatment system.

Construction will begin in coming weeks, and the pipeline will enter service in 2016. During construction, you can expect to see crews working between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays. You may see large equipment, such as bulldozers and generators. Some side streets may need to be closed for several hours at various times during the project. For the safety of our crews and the community, please be sure to drive safely near this project.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you. If you would like to learn more about this project, please call 813-228-1346.