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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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Tampa Bay Water’s board extended its commitment to reducing non-point source pollution and efficient water use by continuing funding for the Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough county Florida-Friendly Landscaping (FFL) program. At its August meeting, the board approved $488,224 in total funding to support FFL in its efforts to promote wise irrigation practices and proper Florida landscape designs. Improving outdoor efficiency can yield far-reaching results.
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The journey of high-quality drinking water starts at the source. That is why we work hard to keep our water sources clean and protected from pollution and contamination. The cleaner the water source, the less energy and fewer chemicals are needed to treat them. Our region’s drinking water sources are groundwater, river water, and seawater. By protecting these sources, we start the journey of providing clean, safe drinking water to the Tampa Bay region.
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When Tampa Bay Water was created 20 years ago, there were three significant goals: develop alternative water supplies, reduce groundwater pumping from long-producing facilities, and produce water in an environmentally sustainable manner.
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Wetlands are an important part of Florida’s ecosystem and water supply, and their preservation is essential. They remove excess nutrients, toxic substances and sediment from water that flows through them, helping to improve downstream water quality and the overall health of the waters in our communities.
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