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Tampa Bay Water Seeks Public Input on Potential South Hillsborough Wellfield

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For Immediate Release

CLEARWATER, Fla. (July 15, 2021) – Tampa Way Water is considering a new wellfield in southern Hillsborough County to meet growing water needs and wants residents’ feedback. Residents can learn about the project by watching a video at tampabaywater.org/shw, and then provide their input through a brief online survey.

The Tampa Bay region will need 10-20 million gallons of new water per day for 2028-2038 to meet the needs of its growing population. Tampa Bay Water, the region’s wholesale water utility, is investigating several options to fulfill that need, including a new 7.5-million-gallon per day wellfield in south Hillsborough County using groundwater withdrawal credits from the County’s South Hillsborough Aquifer Recharge Project, or SHARP.

Public input is an important consideration for any new project the utility undertakes.

“Your voice counts,” said Brandon Moore, public communications manager for Tampa Bay Water. “The 15 minutes you spend watching the video and answering the survey provides us valuable feedback we can share with the project team and will inform our board as they make their decisions on the next water projects.”

Tampa Bay Water will also hold a virtual public meeting on the potential new wellfield Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. to speak with residents live. The video gives residents the opportunity to learn about the project at their leisure and prepare questions ahead of the meeting. Pre-registration is required to attend the meeting. To register, visit tampabaywater.org/shw.

Tampa Bay Water’s board of directors will consider public input, along with results from ongoing feasibility studies, when selecting the region's next water supply project in December 2022.

About Tampa Bay Water

Tampa Bay Water is the largest wholesale water supplier in Florida, providing high-quality drinking water to its members, who in turn, supply water to more than 2.5 million residents of the Tampa Bay area. Tampa Bay Water member governments include Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa. To learn more, visit tampabaywater.org.