CLEARWATER, Fla. — Tampa Bay Water's board of directors has voted to pay HDR Engineering's $21 million legal fees and costs and to end the litigation against HDR Engineering over a failed soil-cement liner in the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir, according to a press release.

The fees will not affect water rates, the release reported.

"While the outcome has fallen well short of our expectations and was not favorable for the agency, we firmly believe that trying to recoup the public's investment through legal action was the right decision," said Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala, Tampa Bay Water's chairman of the board. "We fought hard for what is right, and now we have to do what is in the best interest of the agency and the community to bring this chapter to a close."

According to the release, a fix for the reservoir is underway and it is expected to be fully operational by 2014.

For more information on the Reservoir Renovation Project, please visit tampabaywater.org/reservoir.