Sinkhole Worries Nix Reservoir Expansion Plan
By Craig Pittman
TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Water officials are ditching their plan to expand Florida's largest reservoir by 3 billion gallons, saving the ratepayers money, but once again stumbling on a major project.
Instead of spending $163 million to expand the reservoir, the utility will pay closer to $121 million to fix the repeated cracking problem in the existing 15.5 billion-gallon facility.
Utility officials gave two reasons: the weight and the winter.