Charles Carden, Chief Operating Officer, Tampa Bay Water
Charles Carden, Interim General Manager and Chief Operating Officer
Charles Carden

Interim General Manager and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Charles (Chuck) H. Carden manages Tampa Bay Water’s Water Production Division, overseeing a staff responsible for maintaining and operating the region’s unique wholesale drinking water supply system. Tampa Bay Water is the largest wholesale water supplier in the southeastern United States. Included in its diverse supply portfolio is groundwater, surface water and desalinated seawater sources which are treated and delivered to six local governments. In turn, these governments provide water to more than 2.5 million people.

Under his management, Tampa Bay Water constructed over $1 billion in new infrastructure and pipelines and the region’s first alternative water supplies. The system includes a 15.5-billion-gallon reservoir, a 25-million-gallon-per-day seawater desalination facility, and an Enhanced Surface Water System that includes intakes on the Alafia River and Tampa Bypass Canal and a 120-million-gallon-per-day, state-of-the-art surface water treatment facility. The completion of these alternative water supplies enabled the reduction of permitted groundwater use by more than 100 million gallons per day. In addition, these sources are projected to continue to provide adequate supplies to meet the drinking water needs of the Tampa Bay area through at least 2028, according to the latest water use projections. These projects and the groundwater pumping reductions were the result of a Governance restructuring that took place in the Tampa Bay area in 1998.

Mr. Carden holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Tampa and has been employed at Tampa Bay Water since 1993. In his tenure at the agency, Mr. Carden has worked in Finance, Project Management and Construction. Mr. Carden currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Florida Section/American Water Works Association as the Past-Chair and serves as the Chair of the Florida 2030 initiative for the section.