Water will soon flow back into Bill Young Reservoir - FOX 13 News

Water will soon flow back into Bill Young Reservoir

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HILLSBOROUGH (FOX 13) -

The Tampa Bay area's largest reservoir is about to be back in business.

Thursday, crews will start filling the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir.

It's been empty for nearly a year because of leaks.

Crews will fill it halfway this fall, and then up to the brim in December.

When it's full, it can hold up to 15 billion gallons of water.

That's about the size of 33 Raymond James Stadiums.

When full, the reservoir can provide up to 25 percent of the region's drinking water needs for more than six months.

The regional reservoir was taken offline in 2013 to replace the cracked erosion-control layer.

Tampa Bay Water provides wholesale water to the public utility systems of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties, as well as the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa.

 

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