Integrated Water Plan Moves Forward
St. Petersburg, Fla. (January 4, 2018) – A holistic master plan for every type of water use in the City of St. Petersburg has been unanimously approved by City Council.
Public Works staff, working with experts from the Jacobs Engineering Group, presented the comprehensive proposal for the Integrated Water Resource Management Plan designed to take St. Petersburg into the future with a unified utility that addresses the top priorities of the city and its citizens.
“It’s kind of a battle plan,” said Program Manager Leisha Pica, PE. She went on to detail the strategy, which will assess the biggest risks and how to mitigate them, as well as opportunities for streamlining project planning and execution.
Beginning with community engagement and initial evaluation of services and facilities, the strategy is to – over the next two years – create a “one-water” plan, whereby stormwater, wastewater, potable water, reclaimed water and recreational water uses and needs are considered and addressed.
“This will take us to where we need to be in the future,” added Director of Engineering and Capital Improvements, Brejesh Prayman, PE, pointing out that recent fast-track projects have made major improvements to the system, but that long-term design and development is important moving forward.
“I’m very impressed with the comprehensive approach,” said Ed Montanari, representing District 3.
“It’s been a long time that we’ve needed this plan,” added District 8’s Amy Foster. I can’t wait to see the final results.”
Implementation of the project will begin immediately, with inspection of current facilities, coordination of on-going construction projects and scenario planning.