Tampa Bay Water Awards $30,000 In Grants To Protect Drinking Water Sources
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Contact: Marq Caughell

CLEARWATER, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2017) — Tampa Bay Water announces the winners of its source water protection mini-grants: The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and Keep Pinellas Beautiful. The grants are designed to help local non-profits, schools and community groups protect the aquifer, rivers and bay that the region uses for its drinking water.

“Tampa Bay Water is proud to continue its support of organizations and groups that provide educational opportunities for people in the Tampa Bay area to get involved in protecting their drinking water sources,” said General Manager Matt Jordan. “The board of directors remains committed to meeting the drinking water needs of our growing region in an environmentally sustainable fashion.”

This year, Tampa Bay Water received 12 mini-grant applications and Tampa Bay Water’s board of directors presented the grants to this year’s recipients at its December board meeting, with funds to be awarded in 2018.

  • MOSI will receive $10,000 to support its new Marine Explorers program in Hillsborough County Public Schools. Incorporating science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts, the program provides a hands-on learning experience to students in grades 3-5 focused on water pollution prevention and water conservation.
  • Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful will receive $10,000 to support education initiatives and presentations to school groups and community groups through its Environmental Education Program. The program teaches students the importance of putting waste in its place and how their actions can directly affect the Tampa Bay watershed.
  • Keep Pinellas Beautiful will receive $10,000 to increase its K-12 educational curriculum on watershed health, water quality, source water health and habitat improvement. It also will expand its Annual Student Summer Workshops to include watershed stewardship education across Pinellas County.

Since 2008, Tampa Bay Water has invested approximately $200,000 in its mini-grant program to help community-based efforts that protect the region’s drinking water resources. For more information and to apply for future grant funding, visit tampabaywater.org/grant.

About Tampa Bay Water

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 2.4 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