Bay Water Board Approves Contract For Regional Surface Water Treatment Plant to
Updated 9:04 AM ET April 11, 2000
CLEARWATER, Fla., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A team led by USFilter was awarded a 15-year
contract to design, build and operate (DBO) a 60-million-gallon per day, state-of-the-art
regional surface water treatment plant for Tampa Bay Water.
Tampa Bay Water's board of directors approved the $135 million agreement,
one of the largest water treatment DBO contracts in the United States and an essential
component of Tampa Bay Water's plan to meet the region's need for new water supplies. The
contract includes approximately $79 million in capital costs and $56 million in operation
and maintenance fees over the initial 15-year term and a five year option period. The new
water treatment plant will treat water at a rate of 53.9 cents per gallon, significantly
lower than earlier estimates. The agency will own and finance the facility.
"We're pleased with the way negotiations progressed and are ready to begin the
project delivery," said Charles Carden, Tampa Bay Water project manager and lead
negotiator. "Besides having the most complete proposal and the best technical
solution, the USFilter team's proposal represented a good value. Our member governments
and their customers are assured an even better value than originally anticipated, as the
contract provides higher guaranteed water quality and several project enhancements at a
lower price than specified in the original proposal."
The powerhouse team includes some of the biggest national and international names in water
treatment plant design, technology, construction and service, as well as a strong local
presence. USFilter's design, construction and operations expertise is teamed with Camp
Dresser & McKee's design power and Clark Construction's specialty in design-build
"We commend Tampa Bay Water on its procurement process that steered away from
politics and asked potential partners to get straight to the technical fundamentals of the
project," said Mike Stark, executive vice president and general manager of USFilter
Operating Services. "This enabled all companies to put their full energy toward
providing creative solutions and alternative designs that offer additional cost savings
and long-term value."
The USFilter team plans to use a patented process called ACTIFLO(R), that is widely used
throughout the world and is particularly advantageous when treating large flow rates with
variable raw water quality, the conditions anticipated for the regional water treatment
plant. The facility will treat water from the Hillsborough and Alafia rivers and Tampa
Bypass Canal to standards that exceed the current EPA Safe Drinking Water Act requirements
for potable water.
A large-scale pilot testing program USFilter executed at the Lake Manatee Water Treatment
Plant demonstrated that the technology offered better finished water quality, improved
process reliability, reduced treatment costs and reduced space requirements over the
conventional flocculation- sedimentation design specified in the base bid requirements.
The DBO contract is a relatively new form of public/private partnership in the water
industry. The approach takes advantage of recently permitted long-term relationships
between public utility owners and private service vendors. A DBO project challenges the
traditional procurement approach by focusing on risk management and project performance,
resulting in the owner contracting with a single, unified design, construction and
operations team. Water agencies like the approach because of the potential for saving 10
to 20 percent of construction costs and 20 to 40 percent of operating costs.
Carden says that Tampa Bay Water estimates their total project savings to be 21 percent or
approximately $85 million over the 20-year life cycle of the project.
The water treatment plant is the linchpin of Tampa Bay Water's Master Water Plan, which
will develop 53 million gallons per day (mgd) by 2003 and an additional 58 mgd by 2008.
The facility is scheduled to begin treating water by December 2002 and will provide water
to the utilities of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties including the cities of St.
Petersburg and Tampa.
An extensive developer selection process began in April 1999, when a request for
qualifications was issued. Nine proposals from four developer teams were submitted last
October and evaluated over a two-month period.
The plant will be built on a 435-acre tract of land located in an industrial area near
Broadway and U.S. 301 in the Brandon area.
Tampa Bay Water is the largest wholesale water supplier in Florida, providing high-quality
drinking water to its members, who in turn supply water to nearly 2 million residents of
the Tampa Bay area. Tampa Bay Water member governments include the cities of New Port
Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa and the counties of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas.
Contact: Michelle Klase of Tampa Bay Water, 727-796-2355; or
Daryl Shepard of CDM, 617-452-6000; or Christie Kaluza of USFilter, 281-985-5481