Environmental Sustainability - Tampa Bay Water Blog
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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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As with any water supply source, Tampa Bay Water carefully monitors the environment in and around regional wellfields and wetlands. Tampa Bay Water uses monitoring wells to assess the health and recovery of once-damaged wetlands by gauging water levels in both the Floridan aquifer and the shallower surficial aquifer as well as the wetlands themselves.
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Groundwater from wellfields is still Tampa Bay Water’s main source of drinking water. Groundwater is pumped from the Floridan aquifer, layers of underground limestone that store billions of gallons of water, and blended with surface water and desalinated seawater.
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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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