CLEARWATER, Fla. — Tampa Bay Water’s C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir has reached capacity, thanks to a wet winter season for the region, according to a press release.
The reservoir, the region’s water savings account, holds 15.5 billion gallons of water, stated the release.
After being offline for a two-year renovation project, the reservoir resumed full operations last November, continued the release.
Tampa Bay Water anticipated to fill the reservoir to capacity by the end of the summer, reported the release, when the region usually receives the most rainfall, but the winter season has caused the Alafia and Hillsborough rivers to flow enough to fill the reservoir to capacity in just four months.
“From a water supply perspective, this is the best-case scenario for our region heading into the driest months of the year,” said Tampa Bay Water General Manager Matt Jordan. “By completing the renovation project ahead of schedule, and with help from Mother Nature, Tampa Bay Water stands ready to deliver.”
Tampa Bay Water stores surface water in the reservoir during wet times and withdraws the water for treatment during dry times, noted the release.
You can find the release here.