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Tampa Bay Water’s proposed 2022 budget calls for a slight increase in the uniform water rate: $2.5634/1,000 gallons, an increase of 0.17 percent ($0.0044) over the current year. For the average household, which uses a little less than 4,200 gallons of water a month, the proposed rate increase would mean an extra $0.02 in their monthly bill.
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The Tampa Bay region is growing at a record rate, and Tampa Bay Water is working on expanding its system to ensure adequate supply of drinking water to the Tampa Bay region. It’s part of Tampa Bay Water’s mandate to update its Long-term Master Water Plan every five years. Master Water Plan projects that are ultimately selected for development become part of Tampa Bay Water’s Capital Improvements Program (CIP).
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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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Several short- and long-term projects are underway to help address the need for more water in southern Hillsborough County. One short-term solution is the new Brandon Booster Station that will send an additional 5-7 million gallons of water per day to southern Hillsborough County.
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Population — and the demand for drinking water — is growing faster in south-central Hillsborough County than anywhere else in Tampa Bay Water’s service area, and Tampa Bay Water has been working with Hillsborough County since 2016 to meet the needs of this significant growth. Ensuring south-central Hillsborough County has enough water for generations to come will require expansions to both the wholesale (Tampa Bay Water) and retail (Hillsborough County) systems.
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