HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – Palm River homeowners are one step closer to ditching plastic water bottles and drinking fresh water straight from their homes.
Hillsborough County began the North Palm River Drinking Water Project on Monday afternoon. Crews will be installing five miles of 6- and 8-inch diameter pipelines and approximately 90 fire hydrants.
The $14 million project is funded by the County’s Capital Improvement Program and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. It is an effort to provide the North Palm River community with affordable drinking water after years of only having access to well water that is not suitable for consumption.
Here is what the Hillsborough County Water and Sewer Projects website says to expect:
- Hillsborough County selected a design-build construction method for this project which will save time and money while minimizing public inconvenience
- The design engineer and constructor will closely collaborate on all aspects of the project to ensure the best construction solutions and the least community impact
- Construction will generally take place on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and will involve heavy equipment and some excavation
- Maintaining access to homes will be a priority
- To minimize impacts to the neighborhood and homes, most of the pipelines will be installed using trench less a construction method called directional drilling
Homeowner Kevin Anderson no longer drinks the water from his own home. For almost two decades he has relied on bottled water and only uses the well water for showering or for chores such as dishes or laundry.
Although the project will not benefit Anderson’s neighborhood, he hopes eventually Hillsborough County will bring drinking water to his neighborhood.
The water he gets to his home is yellow and smells like ditch water, he said.