City of Tampa secures pumping stations, water supply ahead of Irma

Posted at 4:14 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 19:04:09-04

The City of Tampa is working to make sure all wastewater and stormwater facilities are protected in time for Hurricane Irma.

City officials say all residential and commercial routes for solid waste/trash will be completed by the close of business Friday. They will be working with area businesses on Saturday and Sunday collection and said they may be impacted.

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City of Tampa leaders also said they have pre-positioned contractors put on standby for security, debris removing and clearing.

Transportation and Stormwater Services are lowering all pond levels and retention ponds in anticipation of flooding. They are also cleaning out stormwater inlets, pipelines and culvers, as well as checking hotspots to make sure they are clear.

There are pre-stage barricades in more than 50 locations across the city of Tampa so Tampa Police can get out there to ensure people don't drive through deep water.

Water and Wastewater treatment plants have also implemented their hurricane plan. Mobile generators have been put in place at all pumping stations and have been topped off with fuel.

Tampa Bay Water also has a backup water supply in place and has implemented their hurricane plan, city leaders said.