Hillsborough County water customers in south-central Hillsborough are now receiving higher quality water thanks to a new hydrogen sulfide removal facility using ozone at the Lithia Water Treatment Plant.
Water customers in south-central Hillsborough communities, such as Apollo Beach, Brandon, Riverview, Ruskin and Sun City Center, began receiving water treated with ozone in early July. Ozone is a safe, affordable and efficient method used to disinfect water and improve taste and odor in treatment plants all over the world.
With the start-up and testing of the new ozone facility and plant improvements, Hillsborough County’s 20-year-old hydrogen sulfide removal process is being retired, and with it, the occasional sulfur smell that emanated from the old facility.
Tampa Bay Water constructed the new hydrogen sulfide removal facility. The construction and property acquisition cost was approximately $34.7 million and was funded through construction bonds and Tampa Bay Water’s wholesale water rate.
Hillsborough County Public Utilities made several modifications at the Lithia plant to integrate the new ozone treatment process into daily operations. These included reconfiguring chemical feed systems and related piping, upgrading chemical analyzers and controls and constructing a new segment for the pipeline, which brings water into the plant from Tampa Bay Water’s regional system.
For more information about the project, visit www.tampabaywater.org.