By Matt Wiley
Construction has begun on Pasco County’s newest water reservoir.
In July, ground officially was broken on the Boyette Reclaimed Water Reservoir (BRWR) project, located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Boyette Rd. and Overpass Rd. The 500-million-gallon storage area for reclaimed water is part of the Pasco County Master Reuse System (PCMRS) and will store reclaimed water during the wet season to prepare for lower supplies during the dry season, as well as allow for more reclaimed water customers.
The $31.4-million project is being overseen by North Carolina-based Thalle Construction Company, which will convert approximately 80 acres of land adjacent to the Boyette Water Treatment Plant into a storage area for reclaimed water that will be about 12.5-feet deep.
The reservoir will be surrounded on all sides by a 15-foot-tall embankment built with about 500,000 cubic yards of material to protect the surrounding communities, as well as a security fence that will remain not only during, but also after, construction.
Thalle estimates that the project will take about 575 construction days to complete. Pasco County documents state that the project completion date will be sometime in February 2015 and that the addition of the reservoir is required by a Florida Department of Environmental Protection consent order.