Tampa Bay Water Blog
Archive by month: 2013-6Return
Tampa Bay Water’s system is unique in that it combines groundwater, desalinated seawater and river water. These different sources allow the utility to operate in sync with the weather—something all Floridians can—and do—practice at home.
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When Tampa Bay Water first proposed a regional reservoir in the late 1990s, there were many people that were skeptical. An above-ground, off-stream reservoir of this magnitude had never been attempted in the Southeast or in Florida.
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Fifteen years ago, on June 10, 1998, state and local elected officials from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties were joined by the late Governor Lawton Chiles at the Florida Aquarium to sign the legislation and governance documents that created Tampa Bay Water as a true regional utility.
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On July 8, 2013, Matthew W. Jordan will take the helm as general manager of Tampa Bay Water. The utility’s board of directors approved Jordan’s employment contract at its June 17 meeting. The three-year contract sets an annual salary of $180,000.
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