Tampa Bay Water Blog
Population — and the demand for drinking water — is growing faster in south-central Hillsborough County than anywhere else in Tampa Bay Water’s service area, and Tampa Bay Water has been working with Hillsborough County since 2016 to meet the needs of this significant growth. Ensuring south-central Hillsborough County has enough water for generations to come will require expansions to both the wholesale (Tampa Bay Water) and retail (Hillsborough County) systems.
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Adequate rainfall is vital to recharging the Floridan Aquifer and filling area rivers, so Tampa Bay Water closely monitors area rainfall to ensure we deliver high quality drinking water to our six member governments while protecting our environment.
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Tampa Electric Company (TECO) will begin converting part of the coal-fired Big Bend Power Plant in Apollo Beach, Fla., to natural gas in January 2021. Once TECO has converted coal-fired Unit 1 to natural gas, TECO’s new operation will reduce the water at the cooling intake tunnels that Tampa Bay Water uses as its seawater source for its Tampa Bay Desalination Plant, located next to the power plant.
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Groundwater levels, lakes and wetlands near the Consolidated Permit wellfields have recovered, thanks to 20 years of reduced groundwater pumping and working closely with the Southwest Florida Water Management District to develop and complete scientific analyses for a robust environmental recovery plan. This collective success shows that groundwater can be a sustainable, cost-effective part of the region’s water supply. It also shows that the region’s $1 billion investment in a diverse, interco...
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Providing clean, high-quality drinking water that meets or is better than federal or state standards is what Tampa Bay Water has done since its inception. And that means we’re constantly studying and testing the quality of our raw, source water and treated, potable water.
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