News Briefs: Tampa, Florida, Approves Massive Infrastructure Overhaul Proposal

Also in this week's sewer and water news, a car vs. hydrant crash cuts off water service to San Diego (California) International Airport

The Tampa Bay (Florida) City Council has voted 6-1 to approve a huge $2.9 billion utility rate increase to pay for large-scale sewer and water infrastructure improvements in the city.

City officials say the decision will double residential sewer/water utility bills to around $80 on average by 2028.

Mayor Jane Castor proposed the plan and her chief of staff says the city won’t regret the expenditure, according to Tampa Bay Times. “I think it’s time to celebrate what’s underground as much as we celebrate what’s above ground,” says Chief of Staff John Bennett. “We need to move the bar and we’re going to work together to move it.”

Officials from the city’s public works department say the city currently spends $20 million yearly addressing collapses and broken pipes — some sinkholes were large enough to swallow vehicles.

Castor previously helped get council approval for her plan by scrapping a $300 million reused water proposal that was included in the original plan.

New Water Utility Could Serve 15 Indigenous Communities in Canada

The Atlantic First Nation Water Authority recently submitted a business plan to Indigenous Services Canada, looking for approval to create a new water utility that aims to serve 15 indigenous communities in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.

Plans have been in the works for the proposal since 2009. According to plans, the goal is the have the water authority functional by 2022.

It would be the first of its kind in Canada, according to CBC News.

Car Crash Cuts Off Water Service to San Diego Airport

Water service at San Diego (California) International Airport was briefly cut off after a vehicle crashed into a nearby fire hydrant, according to Fox 5 News, which obtained footage of the ensuing geyser.

One of the airports terminal entrances was closed off while utility crews worked to restore water service.


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