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Florida’s dry season is typically October through June. Often, during these months, as river flows reduce, Tampa Bay Water keeps its Surface Water Treatment Plant running with water from the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir.
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Tampa Bay Water has, for decades, considered reclaimed water as a potential source of drinking water, either directly or indirectly. One of the first projects considered was the Tampa Water Resource Recovery Project in 1998 and was included in the utility’s 1998 Amended and Restated Interlocal Agreement. A project called the Downstream Augmentation project followed in 2002.
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Groundwater levels, lakes and wetlands near the Consolidated Permit wellfields have recovered, thanks to 20 years of reduced groundwater pumping and working closely with the Southwest Florida Water Management District to develop and complete scientific analyses for a robust environmental recovery plan. This collective success shows that groundwater can be a sustainable, cost-effective part of the region’s water supply. It also shows that the region’s $1 billion investment in a diverse, interco...
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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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Life has changed dramatically across the world, the nation and Tampa Bay since the outbreak of COVID-19, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the safety of your drinking water.
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