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Regional water supplies in the Tampa Bay region have benefitted greatly from the 11 inches of rainfall that recently fell across the area.  Tampa Bay Water is taking full advantage of surface water sources, while they are flowing, and has recently filled the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir to 15 billion gallons. Higher than normal rainfall has also enabled Tampa Bay Water to take its most expensive supply, desalination, offline in June and July.
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Since its first Master Water Plan in 1998, Tampa Bay Water has successfully secured millions of dollars in local, state and federal grants. Locally, the utility has received more than $316 million in co-funding from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) since 1998, and is poised to receive additional dollars for new initiatives.
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Tampa Bay Water’s top three Long-term Master Water Plan projects are moving forward. The following projects are being investigated to provide the region with additional drinking water in the 2028 timeframe...
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Tampa Bay Water’s current supply is projected to meet demand through 2027. Those same projections show the region will need approximately 10 million gallons per day of new supply by 2028 and an additional 10 million gallons per day (mgd) by 2035.
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On Feb. 14, 2019, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued an El Niño Advisory stating the weather pattern is expected to be weak, but may continue through the spring.
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