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July 1, 2022

Intersection Of Durant And South Mount Carmel Roads Closed Beginning July 5

Beginning on Tuesday, July 5, the intersection of Durant and South Mount Carmel roads will be closed for construction through early August 2022, barring unforeseen conditions. Durant Road between Lumsden and Valrico roads, as well as Mandalay Road and South Mount Carmel Road between Lumsden and Durant roads, remain closed to through traffic. These closures are part of Tampa Bay Water’s new Brandon Booster Station construction on South Mount Carmel Road.

July 1, 2022

Denver downtown expert: As Tampa grows, here are three priorities it must address

Tampa's city proper grew at a higher clip between 2020 and 2021 than any of Florida's cities with more than 200,000 people.

Jun 21, 2022

Tampa Bay Water identifies three options for $300 million+ pipeline route in South County

South Hillsborough County's future depends on a new drinking water pipeline that will cost over $300 million and measure anywhere from 36 inches to 72 inches.

June 14, 2022

Survey Open For South Hillsborough Pipeline Routes

Tampa Bay Water is seeking input from Hillsborough County residents on its South Hillsborough Pipeline. The utility is building this new pipeline to meet the increasing water demands of southern Hillsborough County. Residents can visit www.tampabaywater.org/shp to complete a short survey to provide input on the three routes under consideration. The survey opened today, June 14, and closes on Friday, July 8. Residents may also sign up for a telephone town hall meeting for Tuesday, July 12 to provide input.

June 10, 2022

Durant Road Closes To Through Traffic June 13 Through August 2022, South Mount Carmel Road Also Closed To Through Traffic

Beginning on Monday, June 13, Durant Road between Lumsden and Valrico roads in Brandon will be closed to through traffic until early August 2022, barring unforeseen conditions. South Mount Carmel Road remains closed to through traffic during this time. These closures are part of Tampa Bay Water’s new Brandon Booster Station, to be constructed on South Mount Carmel Road.

May 25, 2022

Plant Profile: Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Plant

The importance of a desalination plant cannot be understated in locales such as the Florida peninsula. The Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination facility is a drought-proof, alternative water supply providing up to 25 million gallons per day (mgd) of drinking water to more than 2.5 million people in the Tampa Bay region.

April 15, 2022

Too Much of Not Enough: Without infrastructure changes, South Hillsborough County’s challenges are destined to persist

New and old residents are clamoring for the infrastructure gap to be closed, and new government dollars may help. But as the population grows, one core challenge remains: South County doesn't yet know what it wants to be.

March 17, 2022

South Hillsborough’s taps could be bolstered by reclaimed water

Providing new water to residents in fast-growing southern Hillsborough County could be aided by injecting old water into the ground.

March 11, 2022

'It's pristine old Florida': Starkey Preserve blends people, nature at 18,000-acre oasis

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - Every day in Florida, residents see habitat loss due to development to meet the needs of the state’s growing population, but Starkey Preserve gives visitors a glimpse into the past and future where mankind and nature coexist.

February 8, 2022

Tampa Bay Water: Population growth means millions more gallons needed by 2028

Tampa Bay Water says it’s currently working on a feasibility study to map out potential future water sources and what new infrastructure may be necessary as more people continue to call the Bay Area home.

November 12, 2021

Grow with the flow: Largest public works project in Tampa history is the foundation for the city’s business growth

Tampa’s population is surging and its business climate is buzzing. But growth exacerbates a major problem: The city’s water system is old, faulty and in desperate need of replacement.

November 1, 2021

Sustainable Living: Tampa Bay Water and Southside Fresh Market St. Pete

During today’s sustainable living show (11/01/2021), we talked to Amelia Brown and Brandon Moore from Tampa Bay water. Later in the show we also talked to Ramona Brayboy who is in charge of the Sunshine Fresh Market in St. Pete. 

October 27, 2021

Around Pasco: Tampa Bay Water gets new GM

CLEARWATER — Tampa Bay Water’s board of directors ended its search for a new leader after voting 7-0 to approve an employment agreement with Charles H. "Chuck" Carden, making him the utility’s fourth general manager since it was created in 1998.

October 15, 2021

Better Water At The Source Means Better Water From The Tap

Local residents can play a role in ensuring the water coming out of their faucets is the best quality possible and they can do so with funding from Tampa Bay Water.

September 10, 2021

Rapidly growing South Hillsborough County needs more water

Wholesale supplier Tampa Bay Water is trying to forecast and meet demand for drinking water.

September 1, 2021

Oxygen shortage could have long-term impacts on Tampa water system

TAMPA, Fla. - The COVID-19 pandemic is causing another shortage. So much oxygen is needed for hospital patients that it’s putting liquid oxygen in short supply.

August 31, 2021

Florida’s COVID Surge Is Taxing Its Ability to Purify Drinking Water

Last week, the Tampa Bay water utility announced a rather bizarre side effect of Florida’s out-of-control COVID surge: It wasn’t getting enough deliveries of liquid oxygen to treat its water. More than 17,000 COVID patients—who require supplemental oxygen to stay alive—are now hospitalized across the state, and there isn’t enough oxygen to go around.County Supply Expansion Pipeline.

August 30, 2021

Smart sprinklers keep lawns green without wasting water

TAMPA, Fla. - James Dunleavy's old sprinkler controller didn't always work the way he wanted it to.

August 30, 2021

Some Florida utility companies relying on liquid oxygen change approaches as shortage continues

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — It’s been 10 days since Orlando Utilities Commission asked its customers to cut back on water use so it’s not forced to issue a citywide boil water alert.

August 27, 2021

Tampa Bay urged to conserve water to help COVID patients

The increased demand for liquid oxygen has created competition between local hospitals that need it for COVID patients, and the rest of us who need it for clean drinking water.

August 26, 2021

Tampa Bay Water changes water treatment process due to liquid oxygen shortage

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla (WFLA) – Hillsborough County is warning residents that they may notice a change in the smell and taste of their drinking water soon as the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases forces the water supplier to change its treatment process.

August 26, 2021

Hillsborough County residents may notice changes in drinking water due to lack of liquid oxygen

TAMPA, Fla. — Starting Thursday, Hillsborough County residents may notice their water tastes and smell different. The county is making changes due to a lack of liquid oxygen, which is used to treat water, because of the pandemic.

August 26, 2021

Tampa Bay Water alters water treatment because of lack of liquid oxygen amid COVID-19 surge

Tampa Bay Water is temporarily changing treatment at a facility servicing south Hillsborough County starting Thursday because of a lack of liquid oxygen deliveries amid Florida’s COVID-19 outbreak.

August 25, 2021

Tampa Bay Water asks users to cut back as COVID-19 saps oxygen supplies

Efforts to keep the sickest COVID-19 patients breathing are draining resources across the state and in Tampa Bay — creating competition between hospitals and municipal water systems for crucial supplies of liquid oxygen.

August 25, 2021

Hillsborough tap water may taste, smell different due to coronavirus pandemic

TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay Water is changing the way it treats water at one of its plants due to a lack of liquid oxygen, and residents in parts of Hillsborough County may notice a change in the taste and smell of their water.

August 25, 2021

Liquid Oxygen Shortage For COVID-19 Treatment Means Hillsborough Water Is Being Treated With Bleach

Hillsborough County officials say the water still meets local, state and federal regulations, but may have a different taste and smell.

August 19, 2021

Hillsborough, Port Tampa Bay, water utility seek link between Piney Point and Red Tide

Hillsborough’s Environmental Protection Commission is told to be prepared to seek legal remedies.

July 28, 2021

Tampa Bay Water Wants Public Input For New Project

Each day, Tampa Bay Water provides drinking water to more than 2.5 million customers in the Tampa Bay area. The region’s growing population is creating a need for the utility to plan for a changing future, in which it said at least an additional 10 million gallons of water a day will be needed by 2028 to support anticipated growth.

July 28, 2021

Water issues plague the Tampa Bay region

From low water pressure in south Hillsborough County caused by rapid development to a massive fish kill in Pinellas County waters caused by Red Tide, and the Piney Point disaster in April where a long dormant phosphate plant dumped nearly 200 millions of gallons of nitrogen-rich wastewater into Tampa Bay, it’s been a rough year for water in the region.

July 27, 2021

Looking to add some interest to your landscape?

When Joel Jackson wants a little adventure, he just picks up his camera and goes for a field trip — without ever leaving his yard.

July 23, 2021

Extension Pinellas County Offering Waters Stewardship Program

The course takes place between Aug. and Nov. and gives participants a chance learn about practices and policies affecting Florida waters.

July 1, 2021

Hillsborough water woes: South county trickle brings torrent of complaints

Hillsborough County plans hundreds of millions of dollars worth of utility improvements for its fast-growing southern region, an area that remains on irrigation restrictions through 2022 to preserve water supplies.

June 29, 2021

Tampa Bay Water's budget includes slight rate increase

CLEARWATER — Tampa Bay Water’s Board of Directors approved the utility’s fiscal year 2022 budget, which includes a 0.17% increase in the uniform water rate.

June 23, 2021

Pasco MPO board turns up heat on Port Richey

The Pasco Metropolitan Planning Organization’s board delivered the City of Port Richey a clear message earlier this month: Start showing up consistently or get booted from the board.

June 11, 2021

Tampa launches contest to promote water-wise landscaping

It doesn’t have to be xeriscape – meaning plants that require little or no irrigation. It just needs to be water-wise.

June 3, 2021

Pasco award winners conserve water by example

Selecting turf, shrubbery, trees and other plant life for use around the home or business involves much more than aesthetics or price points.

May 29, 2021

Tampa Bay Water has a steady flow of tips to help you save water this Memorial Day Weekend

Tampa Bay Water has a steady flow of tips to help you save water this Memorial Day Weekend. Check out the info below then visit Tampa Bay Water's page to find more ...

May 20, 2021

Bay area growth driving a need for more water in the future

TAMPA, Fla. — In less than seven years, the Tampa Bay area will need a lot more clean water.

May 11, 2021

Pinellas County news briefs – May 11, 2021

CLEARWATER – 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% ($0.0044) over the current year.

May 6, 2021

Fixes for water problems in South Hillsborough County coming in 2024, 2026 and 2028

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – People in South Hillsborough County are now able to learn more about a plan to fix water issues in their communities, including boil water notices, rules on when you can water your lawn and water pressure problems.

April 22, 2021

Program aims to teach water-friendly gardening in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – An organization dedicated to keeping Bay Area water clean is working with the community to protect the area's drinking water supply.

April 21, 2021

Hillsborough okays water rate increases through 2025

TAMPA – The price of a gallon of tap water is going up in Hillsborough County.

April 21, 2021

Earth Week: Saving water saves planet – and money, Tampa Bay conservationist says

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – It’s Earth Week, and 8 On Your Side is looking at ways you can help improve climate change and improve your life. Talking about conserving water doesn’t have to be a drag in the way that we live our lives. Thanks to technology and innovation, we can make small changes that make big impacts.

April 15, 2021

Piney Point threat to Tampa Bay Water desalination plant diminishes

TAMPA – The potential threat to a regional water source from a contamination spill in Manatee County has eased, officials said Thursday, even as the state revealed a continuing leak at the closed Piney Point phosphate plant.

April 1, 2021

April is water conservation month, here's how you can do your part

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – Pinellas county officias say seasonal reclaimed water restrictions start today, April 1 and runs through Wednesday, June 30.

March 30, 2021

Water district announces success of aquifer recovery efforts

The Southwest Florida Water Management District, in partnership with Tampa Bay Water, recently announced the successful environmental recovery efforts of the Northern Tampa Bay Water Use Caution Area.

March 24, 2021

Some dried-up wetlands from Tampa Bay ‘Water Wars’ have recovered, officials say

In the late 1990s, when Tampa Bay’s “Water Wars” raged, wells were pumping so much water from underground that some lakes and wetlands had begun to dry out.

March 17, 2021

Florida Botanical Gardens and Tampa Bay Water team up on educational outreach

LARGO, Fla. — The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation is stepping up its education outreach thanks to a community partner that cares just as much about the environment as they do.

March 5, 2021

Hillsborough plans utility rate hikes for next four years

TAMPA — Lay all the pipes owned by Hillsborough County’s utilities department end to end and the pipeline would stretch from Tampa to Los Angeles and then continue nearly to Honolulu.

March 3, 2021

Toilet-to-tap: Water reclamation bill rushes through Senate, House committees, but questions remain

The House version of a reclaimed water bill (HB 263) sponsored by Rep. Randy Maggard passed the Environmental, Agriculture and Flooding Subcommittee 17-0, but not without question.

March 3, 2021

Florida Business Groups Wade into Wetlands Permitting Fight

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Chamber of Commerce and a major developers’ group are seeking to intervene in a high-stakes lawsuit over a move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to shift permitting authority to the state for projects that affect wetlands.

March 2, 2021

Rebates Available for Smart Water Use

Making smart choices about how water is used in a home or business can mean a little extra money in a budget thanks to a water-saving program offered by Tampa Bay Water, its member governments and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

March 2, 2021

Monthly Siren Tests Ensure Safety of Reservoir’s Neighbors

If you are out and about in the Lithia and FishHawk areas at 9 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month and hear the wails of warning sirens coming from the vicinity of the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir, there is no reason to be concerned about what might follow.

February 10, 2021

What safety precautions are in place to protect Tampa Bay water supply systems?

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A hacker was recently able to remotely access a water treatment system, potentially endangering nearly 15,000 people in the Tampa Bay area. 8 On Your Side investigates is looking into the threat and whether it could happen again.

January 24, 2021

2020 Community Water-Wise Award Winners Have Friendly Landscapes

The Community Water Wise Awards, sponsored by Tampa Bay Water, a regional municipal water provider, recognize individuals and businesses committed to conserving our water resources and protecting the environment by using Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) principles.

January 12, 2021

Tampa renews push for reusing wastewater

TAMPA – Out with the TAP, in with the PURE.

January 6, 2021

TAMPA, Fla — No need to evacuate just yet.

On Wednesday morning, Tampa Bay Water will be testing its sirens at C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir in south Hillsborough County.

December 22, 2020

Better smelling and tasting water for Tampa? City launches pilot with high hopes

TAMPA – Dr. Jacimaria Batista is an expert on water, particularly municipal water systems.

December 9, 2020

Tampa water main fixed, test results clean. But city isn’t back to normal yet.

TAMPA – All repairs to the damaged water main that nearly drained the city’s clean water supply were completed Wednesday and the first round of tests show no contamination in Tampa’s drinking water.

November 6, 2020

Source Water Protection Grant Applications Due Soon

Tampa Bay Water is looking for partners to help prevent water pollution and protect the sources of our drinking water. If you are a non-profit, community group, school or university located in the counties of Hillsborough, Pasco or Pinellas, you could be eligible for a Source Water Protection Mini-grant. Applications are due November 15.

November 5, 2020

Tampa Water Department customers may be eligible for a $100 Water Wise rebate

The Tampa Water Department Conservation Team recently visited a local Home Depot to install signs to inform the public about the availability of Tampa Bay Water-Wise rebates. Eligible households replacing older toilets may qualify for a $100 rebate for purchasing a water-efficient toilet.

September 29, 2020

Ybor City, dominoes and porch politics: Charlie Miranda is Tampa old-school

The Tampa where Charlie Miranda grew up is slowly disappearing. It’s a world of domino tables and cigar shops and gathering spots filled with old men who grew up in Ybor City and West Tampa, natives long outnumbered here by newcomers.

September 16, 2020

Well, Well, Well

In the 1990s, lakes and wetlands dried up in Florida’s fast-growing Tampa Bay region. Some attributed the drastic change to drought; others to overpumping of an underground aquifer. A pitched legal battle, known as the Water Wars, played out. Some government-run utilities wanted to keep pumping from the aquifer; others wanted to look for new water sources. Eventually, they began to work together to find multiple sources of drinking water.

August 24, 2020

Hillsborough County Enforcing Water Restrictions While Offering Tips And Grants

Just as it’s wise to save money for a ‘rainy day,’ it can also be a good idea to conserve water when the aquifer and local reservoirs are replenished with help from the summer’s frequent afternoon storms.

August 17, 2020

Tampa airport board files lawsuit in ‘forever chemical’ contamination case

The lawsuit alleges firefighting foam left PFAS in places including at Tampa International Airport.

August 14, 2020

Tampa Bay Water Wise Program Aims To Save Water And Money

Rebates are available to Pasco County residents, businesses and contractors.

June 26, 2020

Fitch Affirms Tampa Bay Water, FL's Utility System Revs at 'AA+'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Ratings - Austin - 26 Jun 2020: Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'AA+' ratings on the following Tampa Bay Water, A Regional Water Supply Authority, FL's (TBW) outstanding revenue bonds ...

June 24, 2020

Tampa Bay Water approves 2021 budget with no rate increase

CLEARWATER —Tampa Bay Water’s Board of Directors approved the utility’s 2021 fiscal year operating budget with no rate increase, maintaining a wholesale drinking water rate of $2.56 per 1,000 gallons for the 10th consecutive year.

June 8, 2020

Silver Ring Café Leads By Example To Provide Meals To Essential Workers & Foster Kids

The Silver Ring Café has been a staple in the Riverview area for more than 26 years and recently it has been working to make an even bigger difference in the community.

June 5, 2020

Local Student Wins National Award, Water Wise Info & More

Tampa Bay Water has extended the landscape application submission deadline to Monday, August 31 for the Community Water Wise Awards. The awards, sponsored by Tampa Bay Water, were created to recognize individuals and businesses committed to conserving water resources and protecting the environment by using Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles.

June 3, 2020

2020 Community Water Wise Awards program

Does your landscape have what it takes to win?

May 22, 2020

Water conservation program aims to save up to 11 m gallons a day

a day Rebates available to residents, business owners and contractors in Tampa Bay region

May 21, 2020

It’s time to modernize drinking water standards | Column

Since 2000, no new contaminants have been covered by the federal Safe Water Drinking Act.

May 19, 2020

Tampa Bay Water files ‘forever chemicals’ lawsuit against DuPont, 3M

The utility serves more than 2.5 million customers. A spokesperson said Tampa Bay Water has not detected dangerous levels of the chemicals in its supply but is taking an 'initial step’ amid evolving science.

May 19, 2020

Get Money Back for Saving Water

Residents and business owners in participating areas including Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and the cities of St. Petersburg and New Port Richey may qualify for Tampa Bay Water Wise program rebates.

May 11, 2020

Tampa Bay Water offers rebates for certain home improvements

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — With many people staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic, many homeowners are using the time to complete projects around their house.

May 6, 2020

2020 Community Water Wise Awards Program Seeks Applications

Does your landscape have what it takes to win? Enter today to find out!

May 5, 2020

Rebates available through new water conservation programs

CLEARWATER — Five local governments are partnering with Tampa Bay Water and the Southwest Florida Water Management District to save water in the Tampa Bay region.

March 16, 2020

Coronavirus in Florida: The latest on cases, closures, cancellations and all your questions answered

Amid a rapidly changing situation, the Tampa Bay Times is talking to experts and mining the web to keep you up to date with reliable, factual information.

February 10, 2020

Tampa’s ‘Toilet to Tap’ water plan threatened by state legislation

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – One of Tampa’s most controversial plans is coming back up into conversation among the city’s residents.

February 10, 2020

Is Tampa going its own way on toilet-to-tap?

TAMPA — Is the city’s hot-button plan to convert highly-treated wastewater to drinking water really dead?

January 7, 2020

City of Tampa homeowners could see increase on utility bill

TAMPA, Fla. - Homeowners living in the Tampa city limits could see changes to their utility bills this month.

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