Tampa Bay Water Blog
Archive by month: 2020-6Return
Tampa Bay Water’s board of directors approved the utility’s 2021 fiscal year budget with no rate increase, maintaining a wholesale drinking water rate of $2.56 per 1,000 gallons for the tenth consecutive year.
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Protecting the environment has always been a top priority of Tampa Bay Water. In fact, Tampa Bay Water was created in 1998 to meet the region’s needs for high-quality drinking water while reducing the region’s reliance on groundwater pumping so the surrounding environment could recover. But did you know Tampa Bay Water’s commitment to the environment doesn’t stop with water? The agency is reducing its energy consumption as well.
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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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