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New water lines in Seffner to improve quality

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Published:   |   Updated: October 23, 2013 at 02:32 PM

SEFFNER — A community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday to inform residents about two waterline projects in the area.

The Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department will begin a project to install 6,400 feet of 12-inch water pipeline along Williams Road from Bartolotti Loop south to U.S. 92 beginning in March 2014. A second project, expected to begin in May 2014, involves laying 5,100 feet of new 12-inch water pipeline along U.S. 92 to just west of County Road 579.

The projects will improve water quality and service reliability in the area, and include installation of new fire hydrants along the route. The combined cost of the two projects is $3.3 million, which will come from the Water Enterprise’s Capital Improvement Program.

It is part of the a countywide program to do away with dead-end water lines, where water stagnates, causing poor taste and odor. Utility crews regularly must flush the dead-end lines, using large amounts of water and labor. A looped system, according to the department, also provides more reliable water service.

The new pipeline segments also will provide an opportunity for those residents whose homes are served by drinking water wells to connect to the county’s utility system.

Construction on both projects will take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Driveways to businesses will remain open during daytime hours, however there could be temporary access issues for some residents. Anyone affected will be notified in advance.

In most cases, water service will be available throughout the projects, said Michelle VanDyke, spokeswoman for Public Utilities.

Staff from the Public Utilities Department will be at the meeting answer questions about the projects, including information on temporary road closures

For more information, visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org and click on county projects under the Services tab.

yhammett@tampatrib.com

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