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A rusted out wastewater pipe
City of Tampa

Tampa City Council members voted Thursday night in favor of the city’s largest infrastructure project yet: a $2.9 billion overhaul of the city’s aging water and sewer systems.

City of Tampa reservoir
Southwest Florida Water Management District

It looks like "Toilet to Tap" is officially kaput.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor on Thursday removed a request for $300 million that would have funded the program in her public works budget.

The project -- officially called the Tampa Augmentation Project -- would take treated wastewater that now flows into Tampa Bay and pump it into the underground aquifer. It would then be re-pumped into the city's reservoir before being treated again as drinking water.

The Hillsborough River
Southwest Florida Water Management District

Sparks started flying Monday during a meeting of Tampa Bay Water, and got so bad the chairman said it could threaten the future of the regional water authority.

"We are teetering on the edge of water war. Teetering," said Tampa Bay water chair and Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman.

Tampa's reservoir
Southwest Florida Water Management District

The city of Tampa has withdrawn its request for $1.6 million to pay for a study of injecting reclaimed wastewater into the underground aquifer - so it could be used again.  The city took the request off the table at a recent meeting of Tampa Bay Water, the area's regional water supply authority.

Hillsborough River dam
Southwest Florida Water Management District

The regional water authority postponed a decision Monday on a controversial plan that would take treated wastewater from the city of Tampa and inject it underground for later use. It's the latest delay for the proposal.