FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brandon Moorebmoore@tampabaywater.org(727) 791-2304 | (727) 470-0702
CLEARWATER, Fla. (Oct. 22, 2019) – Tampa Bay Water’s board of directors yesterday took actions to ensure the region has enough drinking water for at least the next 20 years.
As part of the regional supplier’s Long-term Master Water Plan, the board approved a contract for the administration of a regional demand management, or water conservation, program with Electric & Gas Industries Association. This program aims to save up to 11 million gallons per day (mgd) of water by 2030 and delay the need to build new supplies. Regional conservation costs about one-quarter of the cost of the cheapest new water source option.
“Saving water saves money. It delays the need for new supplies, which delays capital costs and new debt,” said Ken Herd, chief science and technical officer for Tampa Bay Water. “We understand that Tampa Bay area residents want us to do everything we can to save water before we develop a costly alternative.”
This rebate program includes eleven incentive opportunities for single-family homes, multi-family homes, commercial and industrial properties and new housing developments. The mix includes indoor and outdoor programs to best fit the needs of the current Tampa Bay area market.
The board also approved contracts to study water supply project options that individually could provide 10-15 mgd of drinking water by 2028 when demand projections currently show the region will need new water. Those projects include:
The utility is investigating potential new supplies now because it can take 10 years or more to investigate, design, permit, fund, build and startup a new water supply project. A board decision on which supply to build to meet 2028 demands is expected in December of 2022.
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 2.5 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.
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