Wastewater

Fiscal Year 2022 Operating and Capital Budget

Department Finance Information

DEPARTMENT WEBSITE: http://www.tampagov.net/wastewater

VISION AND MISSION:

The Wastewater Department’s vision is to become a world-class utility while protecting the environment. We will operate in a cost-effective manner and continually improve our work practices. The mission is to provide outstanding wastewater services to our customers while protecting public health and the environment.


GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:

The Wastewater Department’s goal is to provide complete and cost-effective service and to respond rapidly to expanding service requirements. To achieve its goal, the department's primary objectives include:


  • Development, tracking, and reporting of specific, measurable, and relevant performance metrics;
  • Implementation of an effective and efficient asset management program;
  • Expansion of cross-training efforts amongst multi-skilled workforce technicians;
  • Improving internal and external communication through the use of modern technologies; and
  • Rehabilitation and/or replacement of facilities as necessary to maximize reliability and minimize operating costs.

CURRENT OPERATIONS AND INITIATIVES:

In FY2022, the department will continue with the following initiatives in support of its primary objectives:


  • Award construction phase of the design-build contracts for the rehabilitation of the Sulphur Springs, Bayshore, and miscellaneous pumping stations;
  • Award construction phase of the design-build contract for the department's collection system renewal and replacement program under the PIPES Program. In addition, repair and replace deteriorated force mains and gravity sewers located throughout the collection system;
  • Award construction phase of the design-build contract for the Howard F. Curren Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant Master Plan to include the Main Pumping Station, Discharge Channel Rehabilitation, and Medium Voltage Cables Replacement, Phase 1; and
  • Continue large diameter wastewater pipe cleaning to restore full capacity of the collection system.

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Department Performance Measures

PERFORMANCE CHART STORY: https://stories.opengov.com/tampa/published/d_cuJEGTs


Sewer Pipe Cleaned by Month


Gravity sewer lines are cleaned using eleven (11) sewer cleaner trucks. They gravity sewer lines are cleaned on a seven (7) year cycle and the City has 1,300 miles of gravity sewer lines.

Gravity Sewer Pipe Inspected (CCTV) by Month


Gravity sewers are inspected using closed circuit television trucks and City crews visually inspect the condition of the pipeline. This information is used to determine the condition of the pipeline, need for rehabilitation, and the priority of the rehabilitation. They are inspected on a seven (7) year cycle.

Wastewater Treated per Month


Wastewater treated per month at the Howard F. Curren Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Nitrogen Removed per Month


Nitrogen removed per month at the Howard F. Curren Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Laboratory Analyses per Month


Laboratory Analyses Performed per month at the Howard F. Curren Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Budget Analysis

Charges for Services increase from Revised FY2021 is primarily due to a 3% rate increase in sewer disposal charges and monthly base charges. FY2022 is the third year of a 20-year water rate schedule approved by City Council in September 2019.


Personnel Expenses increase from Revised FY2021 is due to increases in salaries, pension contributions, and healthcare costs. Other Expenses increase from Revised FY2021 is due to the transfer to the capital improvement program and the debt service related to the issuance of Water and Wastewater Systems Bonds.


Operating Budget

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Capital Project Details

The Wastewater Department’s FY2022 capital improvement budget is funded by wastewater rate revenues and wastewater system revenue bonds. The City, like many municipal utilities across the country, has aging wastewater infrastructure. With a capital improvement budget of $194.2 million in FY2022, the Wastewater Department will continue its program of replacing old and deteriorated force mains and rehabilitating structurally deficient manholes throughout the City thus increasing system reliability and reducing operating and maintenance costs. When possible, the department will rehabilitate failing gravity lines with no-dig methods, such as installing cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) liners, to minimize traffic conflicts, road repairs, as well as neighborhood and street disruptions.


The department has identified $103.7 million for various projects at the Howard F. Curren Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant including treatment plant master plan improvements, replacement of treatment system and plant processing equipment, and electrical, instrumentation, and facility improvements. In FY2022, the Collection System Program budget is $55.1 million which includes $33 million for the Comprehensive Infrastructure for Tampa’s Neighborhoods project and $22.1 million for collection system repairs/rehabilitation, force main and gravity pipeline replacement/rehabilitation, manhole rehabilitation, utility relocations, miscellaneous line replacement/rehabilitation, and CIPP rehabilitation. Wastewater’s capital budget also includes $32.2 million for various pumping station projects throughout the City’s collection system that include complete pumping station rehabilitation and miscellaneous pumping station repairs. Cost Allocation for FY2022 is $3.2 million. The Capital Improvement Program Budget does not include cost allocation in FY2023-FY2026.


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Capital Improvement Program Budget

The Wastewater Capital Program is budgeted to specific programs. Click here for a detailed explanation of program funding.


For a PDF Collection of project detail pages, click here.


Note: "To Date" Budget and Actual Balances on PDF pages are as of preparation of the budget and may not match the "To Date" balances on department pages.

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Total Budget

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Budgeted Position Counts