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Tampa Bay Water begins filling Bill Young reservoir

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Studies showed a lack of drainage built up water pressure within the walls of the reservoir during drain downs, caused the cracking. Studies showed a lack of drainage built up water pressure within the walls of the reservoir during drain downs, caused the cracking.
Studies showed a lack of drainage built up water pressure within the walls of the reservoir during drain downs, caused the cracking. Studies showed a lack of drainage built up water pressure within the walls of the reservoir during drain downs, caused the cracking.
Studies showed a lack of drainage built up water pressure within the walls of the reservoir during drain downs, caused the cracking. Studies showed a lack of drainage built up water pressure within the walls of the reservoir during drain downs, caused the cracking.
Studies showed a lack of drainage built up water pressure within the walls of the reservoir during drain downs, caused the cracking. Studies showed a lack of drainage built up water pressure within the walls of the reservoir during drain downs, caused the cracking.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

It cost an enormous amount of money to fix it, but the Bill Young Regional Reservoir is after a 2 year shutdown, once again holding water.

With a massive renovation nearly complete, Tampa Bay Water is now pumping about 130 million gallons of water a day into the problem plagued pool.

The giant puddle holds 15.5 billion gallons of water when filled.

"We feel very excited about filling the reservoir again after 2 years of not having this vital infrastructure to get through the dry season," Tampa Bay Water general manager Matt Jordan said.

In 2007 8 On Your Side discovered severe cracking on the reservoir's inner walls.

From Eagle 8 we watched crews pumping a grout and cement mixture into the cracks, some were longer than football fields.

"This is a routine maintenance activity like is conducted at all Tampa Bay Water facilities," project manager Amanda Rice said at the time.

It didn't look routine. A huge section of one wall collapsed, dwarfing a piece of heavy equipment sent in to repair it.

Tampa Bay Water determined an increase in water pressure behind the walls during drawdowns caused the cracking.

It sued designer and engineer H-D-R for building a faulty facility and lost. TBW was on the hook for H-D-R's $21 million dollar legal fee. It also had a $10 million dollar legal tab of its own.

In 2011 TBW hired Kiewit Infrastructure South Inc., to gut and rebuild the drainage system and walls. It also installed a high performance liner beneath the inner walls to help prevent erosion. TBW has paid Kiewit roughly $124 million dollars.

Will the new work hold?

"We know there were problems before and we took those problems and analyzed them in great detail with our engineers and planners and we feel like we've found ways to address those," Jordan said. "we've installed a drainage system that runs the entirety of the reservoir to keep the pressures equalized, we have gone with a stronger soil cement design and we've got a toe buttress along the bottom that will help support the slope."

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