At its October meeting, Tampa Bay Water’s board held a workshop to discuss the status of its Long-term Master Water Plan. Updated every five years, the Long-term Master Water Plan is a blueprint for meeting the region’s water needs in the 2040 timeframe.
The latest demand projections show that Tampa Bay Water’s member governments will need an additional 20-25 million gallons per day of new water supply in the 2040 timeframe. The region’s demand is forecast to increase from 161 million gallons per day annual average in 2016 to about 212 million gallons per day annual average in 2040. Most of the growth in demand is expected to occur in Hillsborough County and Tampa.
The Long-term Master Water Plan update includes refining demand projections, updating the regional demand management plan as well as updating the region’s water shortage mitigation plan. All of these plan updates could impact when additional water will be needed. For example, demand management efforts in our region have successfully reduced demand by 14 percent. Additional efforts could save the region about 40 million gallons per day by 2035, if they are implemented timely.
Additionally, the Long-term Master Water Plan is investigating the feasibility of a number of new supply options that could use existing sources, reclaimed water or purified reclaimed water. For more information, Click here.