Monday, January 22, 2018
Public safety

Events that led to problems at the Tippin Water Treatment Facility

When the power went

Here is a timeline of the events Friday that led to a power outage at the David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility, which prompted the City of Tampa to tell residents to boil their water for the next 48 hours:

• 5:30 a.m.: A power line anchored to a pole about 25 feet above ground outside the treatment facility suffers an outage. Tampa Electric officials see chew marks on the line and suspect a squirrel or other rodent. This is one of two power lines serving the plant.

• 1:30 p.m.: Power goes out at the treatment facility after the second line is overloaded and fails. Customers experience either a drop in water pressure or temporary loss in service.

• 2:30 p.m.: The city issues a boil-water notice. TECO uses backup generators to provide power. Water service is restored to customers in Tampa.

• 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Tampa Electric restores full power to the treatment facility.

• Through Friday evening: Tampa Electric continues watching for problems at the plant.

Source: Tampa Electric and the City of Tampa

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