Securing a reliable source of cooling water while minimizing groundwater withdrawals
Tampa Electric Company’s Polk Power Station is in one of the most water-stressed areas of southwest Florida. Already a large water user and with plans on expansion, they worked with the City of Lakeland and Southwest Florida Water Management District to accept up to five million gallons of municipal wastewater per day.
Providing construction oversight, we drilled two wells 8,000 feet deep to keep the disposal stream from entering the Floridan aquifer. Capacity evaluations indicate the first well can accept all required flows of approximately 1.3 million gallons per day. A second well was added for redundancy, and evaluated for future carbon sequestration.
Our tasks included submittal review, design modifications, formation lithology and permeability evaluation, preparation and review of cement plans, hydrologic testing plans, and water storage handling plans. We also provided permit coordination, preparation of casing seat and confinement justification/request letters, evaluation of construction methods, and preparation monthly progress reports and weekly construction summaries.
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