Jan 25, 2008

Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Plant Opens

Nation's first large-scale seawater desalination plant began operations Jan. 25

Florida’s Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Plant, the nation's first large-scale seawater desalination plant, began full operations Jan. 25, www.abcactionnews.com reported.

The plant, which will process 25 million gpd, will provide about 10% of the Tampa Bay region's drinking water supply.

In order to begin full operations, the plant had to pass a rigorous acceptance test, marking the end of facility remediation, the website reported. Tampa Bay Water and American Water-Pridesa held a special board meeting to approve a contract for a new general manager, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the completion of the plant.

American Water-Pridesa, a joint venture subsidiary of American Water and Acciona Agua, operates the facility.

Modifications to the plant included repairing the pretreatment process to correct inadequate screening and filtration and deficiencies in the reverse osmosis and post-treatment processes.