Tampa Bay Water's massive reservoir, which was drained so it could be repaired, has begun filling back up again, the utility announced Thursday.
The 15.5-billion gallon C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir in rural Hillsborough County, the largest in Florida, opened in June 2005 as a place to store water skimmed from the Alafia River, Hillsborough River and Tampa Bypass Canal.
Cracks were discovered in December 2006, so two years ago the utility drained the water so Kiewit Infrastructure South could fix the problem. The repairs have reached the point where state officials allowed the reservoir to be filled halfway, said Tampa Bay Water spokeswoman Michelle Biddle Rapp.
The refilling began July 25, she said, and putting in about 7.5 billion gallons of water will probably take a couple of months.
Completion of the repairs is scheduled for December.