The Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Plant processes 25 mgd of sea water; American Water-Pridesa is leading efforts to improve and manage the facility. Photo: American Water-Pridesa

The Board of Directors of Tampa Bay Water tapped American Water-Pridesa, Voorhees, N.J., to remedy, operate, and manage the Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Plant, the largest of its kind in the United States.

The company immediately began work on designing improvements to the 25 mgd plant, and will take over operation of the plant on Jan. 8, with completion expected by October 2006. Once fully operational, the unit cost of water from the plant will average $2.54 per thousand gallons.

Kent Turner, desalination manager for American Water, said, "Desalination technology today is both efficient and affordable, and can play a significant role in delivering a trusted and sustainable water resource in the United States."

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