Environmental Sustainability - Tampa Bay Water Blog
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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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When Tampa Bay Water was formed 15 years ago, one of the goals of the regional utility was to reduce groundwater pumping at long-producing facilities to enable the environment to recover. Groundwater pumping was one of the causes of low water levels in lakes and wetlands near regional wellfields. (Other factors affecting water levels include drainage changes and development).
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The renovation of the 15-billion gallon regional reservoir is being done in a way that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient. One aspect of that environmental commitment is to use all water that is collected on site during construction. No water is discharged from the site.
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