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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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In May, Hillsborough County shared its 2020 water demand projections, which call for significantly more water by 2025 compared to its 2019 projections. The growth is mainly in south-central Hillsborough County, where development and population are booming.
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Current projections show the Tampa Bay region will need an additional 10 million gallons of water per day by 2028. Tampa Bay Water is attacking that need on two fronts: increased water supply and decreased water use.
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Tampa Bay Water’s Long-term Master Water Plan is a 20-year framework for meeting the region’s future drinking water needs. It is updated every five years. Work is underway for three projects approved by the board for additional study: expanding the Surface Water Treatment Plant, expanding the Desalination Plant, and assessing a new wellfield via aquifer recharge credits.
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In Florida, periodic droughts are a part of life. That’s why Tampa Bay Water created the Water Shortage Mitigation Plan, which ensures the region has clean, affordable drinking water, even in drier times.
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