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Construction to begin on Tarpon Springs reverse osmosis water plant



For now, it appears, the delays are over for the Tarpon Springs reverse osmosis water plant.

Tuesday will mark the groundbreaking on the $35 million project, which has been stalled since 2002 over environmental concerns. The ceremony will be at 4 p.m. at 1624 L&R Industrial Blvd, in Tarpon Springs.

Wharton-Smith, a company that has constructed water plants in Palm Harbor and South Florida, is expected to complete the project by early 2015.

The project's aim is to allow the city to generate drinking water from pumps and wells, rather than buy it from Pinellas County.

During the filtering process, impurities will be flushed from the groundwater, and the leftover salty brine will be discharged into the Gulf of Mexico.

Among other snags, Tarpon Springs resident Henry Ross sued the city over concerns about how the wastewater would affect manatees and other wildlife.

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[Last modified: Monday, March 25, 2013 1:17pm]


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