2018-Year-in-Review
One region. One water solution.

Tampa Bay Water has been in the business of supplying water to the Tampa Bay region for more than 20 years. It’s an honor and privilege to serve the region with clean, high-quality water for drinking, playing and living. In 2018, the agency:

  • Continuously supplied high-quality, clean water to more than 2.5 million people through our member governments.
  • Maintained the wholesale water rate at $2.56 per 1,000 gallons for the eighth consecutive year.
  • Provided an average of 169.7 million gallons of water per day to our member governments.

Tampa Bay Water is the largest wholesale water supplier in Florida, providing high-quality drinking water to its members, who in turn, supply water to more than 2.5 million residents of the Tampa Bay area. Tampa Bay Water member governments include the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa, and the counties of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas. To learn more, visit tampabaywater.org

We are proud of the work we do and are excited to share the 2018 year-in-review with you!


Water Delivery

Tampa Bay Water supplied drinking water to more than 2.5 million people, delivering an annual average of 169.7 million gallons of water per day (mgd) to its member governments between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018, about 5 percent lower than the previous fiscal year. In 2018, the utility delivered an annual average of approximately 105 mgd from groundwater sources, 57 mgd from river water sources, 6 mgd of desalinated seawater, and the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir was tapped to provide more than 5 billion gallons of water to the system. This diverse supply mix helps the utility deliver a reliable supply of clean, safe water to the residents and businesses of the Tampa Bay region.

2018 Supply Mix

Groundwater: 39.3 billion gallons (62 percent), Surface Water: 29.4 billion gallons (34 percent), Desalinated Seawater: 2.1 billion gallons (4 percent)

Water Delivered to our Members in 2018

Pasco County: 28.5 mgd, Pinellas County: 48.8 mgd, Hillsborough County: 61.0 mgd, City of St. Petersburg: 28.5 mgd, City of New Port Richey: 2.9 mgd, City of Tampa: 0 mgd

High-Quality Drinking Water

Each year, Tampa Bay Water collects thousands of samples and performs tens of thousands of water quality tests in its state-certified laboratory to ensure compliance with more than 100 state and federal drinking water standards and 17 additional local standards.

Safe drinking water starts at the source. Tampa Bay Water conducts extensive monitoring of the region’s source waters and makes grants available to local non-profits for river clean-ups and educational campaigns.

Learn more about the journey of drinking water from source to tap, watch the video and take the quiz to test your water knowledge at
tampabayh2o.com.

In 2018, Tampa Bay Water:

Awarded
$30,000
in grants for local
source water protection
initiatives
Performed more than
70,000
water quality tests
Collected more than
6,000
water quality samples
Met more than
100
local, state and federal
drinking water parameters

Fiscal Responsibility

Tampa Bay Water is committed to providing safe, clean drinking water at an affordable price, and in 2018 the wholesale uniform rate remained at $2.56 per 1,000 gallons for the eighth year. The utility continues to earn outstanding bond ratings, maintaining an AA+ from both Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, and Aa1 rating from Moody’s. These ratings are a testament to the financial stability of Tampa Bay Water and allow the utility to issue bonds at lower interest rates, potentially saving ratepayers millions over time.

Tampa Bay Water keeps water affordable through its budgeting process. As a special district of the State of Florida, we are funded through the sale of wholesale water to the local governments we serve. We have no taxing authority and we do not make a profit. To learn more about the agency's budget and financial reports please visit our website.

Assets

Assets FY17 Percentages FY18 Percentages
Cash $164,483,734 8.89% $160,931,698 8.81%
Receivables $14,916,457 0.81% $12,848,924 0.70%
Investments $101,804,201 5.50% $112,945,726 6.19%
PPEIR $1,569,806,961 84.81% $1,539,342,083 84.30%
Totals $1,851,011,353 100.00% $1,826,068,431 100.00%

Expenses

Expenses FY17 Percentages FY18 Percentages
Non-Operating $1,331,299 0.89% $6,034,110 3.88%
Operating $69,085,262 45.97% $70,533,968 45.39%
Interest $49,956,074 33.24% $48,619,139 31.29%
Depreciation $29,906,334 19.90% $30,210,346 19.44%
Totals $150,278,969 100.00% $155,397,563 100.00%

Full financials are available in Tampa Bay Water's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2018 .

In 2018, Tampa Bay Water:

Kept the wholesale
uniform rate at
$2.56
per 1,000 gallons
for the eighth
consecutive year
Maintained outstanding
AA+ and Aa1
bond ratings
Paid off nearly
$30 million
in bonds, lowering
the agency's principal
outstanding bond debt
to $841.2 million

Long-term Master Water Plan Update Approved in 2018

This past year, Tampa Bay Water passed an important milestone for future water supply – the completion and approval of the 2018 update of the Long-term Master Water Plan; the agency's fourth update to the plan since it was created in 1998. The Long-term Master Water Plan is the region’s road map for future water supply, and its approval completes five years of comprehensive analyses of supply, demand, system hydraulics, water quality, reliability and public engagement.

The plan forecasts that the region will need an additional 10 million gallons of drinking water per day by 2028 and another 10 million gallons per day in 2038. Most importantly, it also identifies that Tampa Bay Water has several options to meet the region’s future needs, and time to investigate the best solutions.

The 2018 Plan Includes:

Conserving up to
11
million gallons per day
through regional demand
management
Studying options
to optimize the existing
surface water treatment
plant and desalination plant
to gain
5-10
million gallons per day of additional supply
Studying
3
potential new projects
to refine cost, yield and permittability
The three potential new supply projects approved for continued study are:

  • Tampa Bay Regional Surface Water Treatment Plant Expansion (to treat additional water from the Tampa Bypass Canal, Alafia River and C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir)
  • Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Plant Expansion (to treat additional seawater from Tampa Bay)
  • New Groundwater via Aquifer Recharge Credits (this project would include a new groundwater wellfield in southern Hillsborough County by purchasing aquifer recharge credits from Hillsborough County via its South Hillsborough Aquifer Recharge Project)

Tampa Bay Water is studying potential projects to refine cost, yield and permittability for future board consideration. Additionally, Tampa Bay Water continues to work with Hillsborough County on meeting the growing demands for drinking water in southern Hillsborough County.

Stories and Highlights from 2018

Celebrating 20 Year of Service to the Region
Solving the Tampa Bay Region’s Water Supply Challenges Together

Reclaimed Water as a Potential Source
Using reclaimed water to augment drinking water sources, or potable reuse, is a concept that has been around for decades. Recently, it has gained more prominence as local utilities try to find more beneficial ways to reuse this resource.

Tampa Bay Water Receives Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting
Tampa Bay Water has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2017 comprehensive annual financial report.

Tampa Bay Water Secures Funds for Water Loss Pilot Project
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, utilities lose an average of 16 percent of water flowing through their systems each year, which has both resource and economic consequences.

Tampa Bay Water Celebrates Eight Consecutive Years of Stable Water Rates And Its 20th Anniversary
Tampa Bay Water’s board of directors marked the agency’s 20th anniversary with a respectful nod to the monumental efforts of those involved in creating Florida’s largest regional water utility and celebrated the agency’s dedication to delivering high-quality, affordable drinking water to the people of the Tampa Bay area.

Funds Approved for Glazer Children’s Museum Water Exhibit
The water exhibit at the Glazer Children’s Museum is getting an upgrade, thanks to a $150,000 grant from Tampa Bay Water.

2018 Public Opinion Survey Results
To gauge public opinion on important water issues in the region such as long-term water supply planning, water needs, and water quality, Downs & St. Germain Research, on behalf of Tampa Bay Water, conducted a telephone and online survey of 1,200 randomly selected households in the Tampa Bay Water area.

Red Tide No Threat to Tampa Bay Water Supplies
The issues with red tide along the southern gulf coast of Florida may lead to questions about the effects on our drinking water supply. Tampa Bay Water’s regional drinking water supplies are unaffected by red tide for several reasons.

Tampa Bay Area Utility Begins a State-wide Effort to Promote Water Conservation
Tampa Bay Water, continuing a 20-year tradition, kicked off a statewide effort to declare April as Water Conservation Month. The agency’s board of directors adopted the proclamation to promote water conservation during Florida’s driest month of the year.