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Tampa Bay Water in the News

May 22, 2024

St. Pete Beach couple shares Water Wise landscape

In Deborah Rothenberger's yard, you will find a lot of native plants but no grass to mow.

May 16, 2024

Florida-friendly landscaping

Tampa Bay Water shares tips and tricks on how we can spruce up our yards with Florida-friendly landscaping.

May 16, 2024

Easy Ways to Conserve Water and Make a Big Impact

Amidst Tampa Bay’s stage 1 water shortage, there’s a pressing need for action. Tampa Bay Water is rallying residents to join the movement by conserving an additional 5 percent of their usual water consumption.

May 9, 2024

Residents share traffic, infrastructure needs as south Hillsborough County rapidly grows

It’s one of Tampa Bay’s fastest growing communities: south Hillsborough County.

May 2, 2024

Helping you save water and money in your home

Water Conservation Manager Amelia Brown with Tampa Bay Water joins Gayle Guyardo the host of the nationally syndicated health and wellness show Bloom to talk about Tampa Bay Water Wise program offering rebates to help homeowners save water.

April 24, 2024

Treating Tampa Bay’s “Forever Chemicals” in Our Drinking Water

Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officially set limits on six hazardous so-called forever chemicals, known as PFAS, in our drinking water.

April 23, 2024

Tampa Bay Community Water Wise Awards Program

Does your landscape have what it takes to win? Enter soon to find out.

April 11, 2024

Here’s what new ‘forever chemical’ drinking water limits mean for Tampa Bay

Some water supplies in the Tampa Bay area have contamination levels higher than the new federal limits. Here’s what’s being done about it.

April 11, 2024

Florida will be impacted by federal regulations on 'forever chemicals' in drinking water

Officials with Tampa Bay Water say they have been preparing for new drinking water standards announced Wednesday by the federal government.

April 10, 2024

Bay Area utilities respond to Biden Administration crackdown on 'forever chemicals' in tap water

The Biden Administration is cracking down on utility providers to eliminate cancer-causing, "forever chemicals" detected in tap water.

April 10, 2024

How new federal regulations on 'forever chemicals' in drinking water impact Floridians

Officials with Tampa Bay Water and the city of Tampa say they have been preparing for new drinking water standards announced Wednesday by the federal government.

April 9, 2024

Rain Watchers Wanted — Citizen Scientists Keep Busy Tracking Rainfall

Local weather enthusiasts have an opportunity to help the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Tampa Bay office and other agencies keep track of local rainfall by joining the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS).

April 8, 2024

Great American Cleanup collects nearly 20 tons of trash

Volunteers picked up nearly 20 tons of trash throughout the county March 2 during the 2024 Great American Cleanup.

April 5, 2024

Tampa officials continue urging residents to conserve water: 'We need clean water'

Daryl Gibson is stocked up with rain gauges, water sprinklers and a shower timer.

April 3, 2024

Saving water this Spring

Spring months are the driest of the year, so it’s important to conserve water until the summer rain storms return.

April 3, 2024

Pasco County Shines in Record-Breaking Great American Cleanup

Pasco County residents came together for a record-breaking year in the 2024 Great American Cleanup, exceeding all previous efforts.

April 1, 2024

Motivation Monday: Conserving water

Brandon Moore, with Tampa Bay Water, discussed a water shortage in the Bay Area, explained why that is, and gave some tips for conserving water.

March 18, 2024

Tampa Bay Water urges residents to check for leaks during stage one shortage

Starting Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency is urging everyone to save water as a part of its "Fix-a-Leak Week."

March 18, 2024

EPA urging you to conserve water for 'Fix a Leak Weak'

The EPA says on average, households can leak as much as 10,000 gallons a year just through leaky faucets.

March 18, 2024

By the Numbers: Saving water adds up

A years-long drought, coupled with a rapidly increasing population, is stretching water supplies across the region.

March 14, 2024

Water use down 15 percent since Hillsborough County restrictions put in place

Since December 2023, lawn watering has been restricted to once a week to conserve water amid drought conditions.

March 14, 2024

Tampa Bay Water urges residents to continue conserving amid dry season

A call for conservation from Tampa Bay Water continues as we head into the spring dry season. Residents are being asked to cut water usage by 5% using multiple tactics.

March 12, 2024

No, well water is not exempt from Tampa Bay-area lawn watering restrictions

Private wells use the water supply of an aquifer, which can run low during a dry season.

March 12, 2024

Tampa Bay watering once a week looks like it’s helping, officials say

For lawn-loving Tampa Bay residents dutifully watering only once a week, here’s news:

March 8, 2024

Dry Conditions And Maintenance Warrant Conserving Water

Local skies have been full of clouds this winter, but the amount of rain produced so far is leaving the Tampa Bay area in drought conditions that have officials calling for continued conservation efforts from the community.

February 28, 2024

Watering restrictions extended through July 1 in Tampa Bay

If your grass is more on the brown side, you're not alone, and it could get a little worse.

February 27, 2024

Turn off your sprinklers: Tampa Bay area counties extend lawn watering restrictions

Residents in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties may only water their lawns one day a week.

February 27, 2024

Water Restrictions Extended In Tampa Bay Area: SWFL Water District

The 1-day-per-week watering restrictions for have been extended in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties: SWFL Water Management District.

February 27, 2024

Tampa Bay lawn-watering restrictions extended to July

Residents in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough will continue to be limited to watering one day per week.

February 22, 2024

Jay Collins wants to bring home 286 million pieces of bacon

Sen. Jay Collins, who represents the Tampa-based Senate District 14, has filed more than 60 appropriations requests this Legislative Session.

February 20, 2024

Volunteers needed for great American cleanup on March 2

Keep Pasco Beautiful is again partnering with Pasco County to recruit volunteers for the annual Great American Cleanup.

February 13, 2024

Volunteers Needed For Great American Cleanup In Pasco County

Pasco County is known for its wide-open spaces and beautiful waterways that offer a great quality of life. Keeping our county clean is a top priority for Keep Pasco Beautiful.

February 13, 2024

Officials urge conservation as dry season nears

Tampa Bay Water is asking residents to continue water-thrifty habits into March, April and May, which are the driest months of the year in Tampa Bay.

February 13, 2024

Science Festival draws 13,000 attendees

The St. Petersburg Science Festival and MarineQuest, annual events to inspire creativity, engage curiosity, and deepen knowledge of science and the arts, drew an estimated 13,000 attendees the 2024 edition Feb. 9 and 10.

February 7, 2024

Bob McConnell: Science-Based Initiatives Led to Long-Lasting Benefits for the Entire Tampa Bay Region

Bob McConnell’s 23-year career at Tampa Bay Water left an indelible mark on the Tampa Bay region.

February 7, 2024

St. Petersburg Science Festival & MarineQuest returns with exciting new STEM and art exhibits

The St. Petersburg Science Festival and MarineQuest returned with more hands-on activities than ever before, including a mobile aquarium, seagrass maze and a shark show utilizing virtual reality.

January 24, 2024

​Plans for new water plant, lines move forward in Belleair

After years of doom and gloom regarding the town’s drinking water situation, there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel for Belleair residents and users of its utilities.

January 16, 2024

Pasco board wants greater protection for the county’s trees

The Pasco County Commission has adopted a resolution declaring Jan. 19 as Arbor Day in Pasco County.

December 10, 2023

Tampa Pushes Water Conservation with Water-Efficient Landscape Competition

As the Tampa community implements stricter irrigation rules due to the regional water shortage, Mayor Jane Castor honored two Tampa homeowners for their water-efficient landscape.

December 5, 2023

What's that alarm? Tampa Bay Water is testing its emergency siren at 9 am Wednesday

Residents may hear 3-5 short blasts.

December 1, 2023

The Rays belong to Tampa Bay | Column

Bemetra Simmons, CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership, which created the highly successful Tampa Bay Water, shared that 20% of all residents in our area cross county lines daily.

December 1, 2023

More lawn watering restrictions in multiple Tampa Bay counties effective today

On Nov. 14, a water shortage was declared in multiple Tampa Bay counties, causing certain restrictions to go into place for residents.

November 30, 2023

New water restrictions start Friday for 3 Tampa Bay counties

Residents in three Tampa Bay area counties will be limited to watering their lawns once per week starting Friday.

November 21, 2023

New water restrictions now in place in Tampa Bay area amid drought issues

With rainfall levels far below what's typical this time of year, steps are being made to conserve water across the bay.

November 21, 2023

Dry conditions prompt declaration of a ‘Phase 1 Water Shortage’

Lower-than-normal rainfall has led the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s governing board to declare a Modified Phase 1 Water Shortage.

November 15, 2023

Tampa Bay lawn-watering restrictions approved amid drought

Residents in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties will be limited to irrigating one day a week beginning in December.

November 15, 2023

Water Less In Cooler Months And Only On Your Designated Days And Hours

Hillsborough County Water Resources is asking residents and property owners to be mindful of their lawn watering days and hours, as well as their water usage, especially outdoors.

November 15, 2023

District Declares Modified Phase I Water Shortage

Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties will be limited to once-per-week lawn watering beginning Dec. 1.

November 15, 2023

New Water Restrictions Issued For Tampa Water Customers

Due to this year’s drought, the Southwest Florida Management Water District (SWFWMD) issued a Modified Phase 1 Water Shortage for Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties.

November 15, 2023

Water Shortage Restrictions In Place Throughout Tampa Bay Area

Some counties, cities in the Tampa Bay area have restrictions as the area faces a water shortage, SWFMD said.

November 14, 2023

Water usage restrictions in effect: Sarasota and Manatee counties affected

The Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board has declared a Modified Phase I Water Shortage due to ongoing dry conditions throughout the region and increasing water supply concerns.

November 14, 2023

Lawn-watering restrictions will be in place across Tampa Bay amid a water shortage

Starting Dec. 1, people in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties will only be able to water their lawns once a week.

November 14, 2023

Condados de Tampa Bay limitados a regar el césped una vez por semana por escasez

El Distrito de Gestión del Agua del Suroeste de Florida declaró una escasez de agua el martes, lo que afecta a todos los condados del área de la Bahía de Tampa y partes del suroeste de Florida.

November 14, 2023

Water shortage prompts restrictions in these Tampa Bay-area counties

People living in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties will only be allowed to water their lawns once a week starting next month.

November 14, 2023

Here’s when Bay Area residents can water their lawns under new restrictions

Residents of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties can only water their lawns once a week beginning December 1.

November 14, 2023

As drought conditions continue, water usage will be limited in these Tampa Bay area counties

People living in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties will only be allowed to water their lawns once a week starting next month.

November 14, 2023

Water shortage declared in multiple Tampa Bay counties, limiting lawn watering

A water shortage was declared in multiple Tampa Bay counties on Tuesday, causing certain restrictions to go into place for residents.

November 14, 2023

Lack of rain pushes officials in SW Florida Management District to limit lawn watering

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) met in Tampa on Tuesday and put into effect a "Modified Phase I Water Shortage" amid recent drought conditions.

November 13, 2023

Tightening water restrictions

As the drought wears on in the Bay Area, regional water officials are considering usage cutbacks on irrigation systems.

November 13, 2023

Water restrictions under consideration in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties due to drought

As the Tampa Bay area deals with drought conditions, leaders are considering implementing water restrictions.

November 13, 2023

Rain is in Tampa Bay’s forecast, finally. Here’s what to expect.

The Tampa area has not had a drop of rain this month, but an area of low pressure moving toward Florida this week could change that.

November 13, 2023

Water shortage order to be considered

The Southwest Florida Water Management District set restrictions for lawn watering three years ago and could do it again.

November 13, 2023

Florida water managers to consider water shortage order amid drought, rain deficit

A potential upcoming vote could impact water usage in the Tampa Bay region as some local areas still face severe and extreme drought.

November 13, 2023

Tampa Bay Water considers restrictions due to drought

Leaders with Tampa Bay Water are talking about new restrictions Monday. Portions of the area are dealing with the worst drought conditions in decades.

November 9, 2023

Lawn-watering restrictions could be next amid Tampa Bay drought

In the wake of the region’s driest rainy season in more than two decades, Southwest Florida water managers will vote next week on whether outdoor irrigation should be cut to one day per week in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

November 8, 2023

Watersense® Excellence Award A Reminder Of Tampa Bay’s Commitment To Water Conservation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored Tampa Bay Water Wise, the Tampa Bay region’s water conservation rebate program, with a 2023 WaterSense® Excellence Award.

October 24, 2023

Southwest Florida saw driest rainy season in 26 years

Tampa Bay residents may have found themselves missing the summer showers this year.

October 24, 2023

Tampa Bay area residents urged to conserve water after driest rainy season in more than a decade

The Tampa Bay area’s rainy season was one of the driest in more than a decade.

October 24, 2023

Tampa Bay area, Southwest Florida saw driest rainy season in 26 years

Tampa Bay residents may have found themselves missing the summer showers this year.

October 24, 2023

Expert: Time to start thinking about conserving water

It may not seem like it to residents who are still mucking out wet debris, but the Tampa Bay area has experienced less rainfall than usual for this time of year.

October 16, 2023

New pipeline, wells to mitigate Tampa Bay water shortage

Tampa Bay Water is asking the community to conserve resources, as the Tampa Bay region is now in a Stage 1 water shortage.

October 11, 2023

EPA presents awards to WaterSense partners

The U.S. EPA has presented 47 awards to WaterSense partners for their support of WaterSense and water efficiency at the WaterSmart Innovations conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

October 11, 2023

Escasez de agua etapa 1 en la Bahía de Tampa: conoce cómo puede afectarte

El proveedor mayorista de agua Tampa Bay Water alertó a la comunidad sobre el estado de escasez etapa 1 en el que se encuentra la región. 

October 11, 2023

Hillsborough says redeveloping golf range is out of bounds

A homebuilder whiffed on its mulligan to turn a golf driving range into a townhome neighborhood in Riverview.

October 5, 2023

Tampa Bay Water said the region is entering a Stage 1 water shortage

This time of year, we get around 60% of our yearly rainfall in just a few months. Except this year, many of us haven't.

October 5, 2023

A look into 'forever chemicals' in Tampa Bay's drinking water, as a federal study determines limits

Walk through the PFAS drinking water testing process and learn what the first round of results mean.

October 4, 2023

Tampa Bay Water pushes conservation amid limited rainfall

Dry weather has triggered a warning from the region’s supplier of drinking water.

October 3, 2023

Tampa Bay Water issue Stage 1 water shortage

We take a look at what this means, how it will be resolved, and what residents can do to reduce water consumption.

October 3, 2023

Tampa Bay Water says rainfall deficit causing water shortage

Tampa Bay Water announced a Stage 1 water shortage Monday, after a continuously dry season.

October 2, 2023

Tampa Bay’s rainfall deficit leads to water conservation efforts

Tampa Bay is 8.3 inches short of normal rainfall totals so far this year. After a drier than normal rainy season, leaders are now urging conservation efforts.

September 22, 2023

Column: Tampa Bay Water celebrates 25 years

As the Tampa Bay region endures drought conditions and record-breaking temperatures this summer, we are fortunate that we are not facing water shortages like a half-dozen western states coping with extreme heat and little rain.

September 20, 2023

City of Tampa Water Department will offer water conservation webinars

According to the city, Tampa residents and businesses are using too much water.

September 20, 2023

Tampa Water Department Wants Customers To ‘Fall’ Into Water Conservation

After an unusually dry rainy season and a significant rise in water usage, the City of Tampa Water Department is urging residents and businesses to use water wisely.

September 20, 2023

Here’s why Tampa residents may notice an extra charge on their water bill

The city of Tampa announced Wednesday it must buy water for the second time this year to meet demand.

September 20, 2023

'Use water wisely': Tampa urges conservation efforts amid ongoing drought, rising population

Most of Tampa and the surrounding area are still under a moderate drought, according to the National Weather Service. This is due, in part, to a drier-than-normal rainy season.

September 15, 2023

Tampa Water Department buying water due to lack of rain, growing population

The city’s water department started buying water from the regional water authority, called Tampa Bay Water, because consumption is up and there’s been a lack of rain, according to the Tampa Water Department.

September 13, 2023

Belleair commission OKs budget, big water hike

The Belleair Town Commission convened Sept. 5 for the first of two public hearings scheduled to adopt the proposed tentative budget for fiscal year 2023-2024.

September 8, 2023

Lack of rainfall, customer demand force Tampa Water Department to buy water

For the second time this year, the Tampa Water Department said it has to buy water from another agency to keep up with customer demand.

August 21, 2023

Tampa Bay region’s drinking water could come from familiar source

Tampa Bay’s regional water utility is looking in old places for new drinking water.

August 9, 2023

Florida utility recycles old toilets into oyster havens

Tampa Bay Water is repurposing old toilets into a water-filtering oyster sanctuary, helping to offset the waste impacts from the utility’s growing rebate program. 

July 27, 2023

Is it rainy season yet? Tampa Bay is experiencing severe drought conditions

Every summer, Tampa Bay residents have come to expect daily downpours as they rush to their vehicles after work. But an especially dry start to 2023 hasn’t yet given way to the typical pattern of summertime storms. 

July 27, 2023

What the Supreme Court’s Clean Water Act decision means for Tampa Bay

A combination of federal protections, local ordinances and grassroots efforts helped clean Tampa Bay’s waterways by the 1990s.

July 23, 2023

8 things to know, including what a retailer is doing to fill hundreds of local jobs, and remembering a Tampa CRE pioneer

First, here are three eye-catching stories you may have missed from the TBBJ newsroom this past week.

July 20, 2023

Florida Botanical Gardens Teams Up with Tampa Bay Water to Add New Way to Learn

The Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo is an oasis with beautiful plants, trees, birds and butterflies. It’s now also home to a project that takes the Gardens’ inspiration and seamlessly blends in education.

July 20, 2023

Tampa Bay Water teams up with Florida Botanical Gardens

It’s not every day that tourist attractions and public utilities team up, but in Largo, a beautiful partnership blossoms.

July 19, 2023

What's Good In Tampa Bay With Ann Kelly - Signs, signs, everywhere 

There's signs at the Florida Botanical Gardens Elevated Wetland Walkway with important messages on protecting and conserving water. 

July 19, 2023

Tampa Bay Water partners with Botanical Gardens on signs touting conservation

Officials with Tampa Bay Water and the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation unveiled a new collaborative project at the Ulmerton Road facility July 12.

July 13, 2023

Botanical Gardens Signs Play Pivotal Role In Conserving Drinking Water

New signs were installed Wednesday at the Florida Botanical Gardens to help educate visitors about the importance of protecting and conserving drinking water sources.

July 13, 2023

Biologists: Heatwave a danger to coral reefs off the coast of Florida

The realities of servicing a sprawling Hillsborough County with basic infrastructure could begin to further eat into residents' pocketbooks.

July 12, 2023

Vibrant new signs to play pivotal role in protecting and conserving our drinking water

Vibrant new signs will greet visitors to the Florida Botanical Gardens Elevated Walkway in Largo. These colorful markers offer visitors an immersive learning encounter amid the Gardens’ splendor.

July 11, 2023

Rate increases in Hillsborough could help fund large water projects

The realities of servicing a sprawling Hillsborough County with basic infrastructure could begin to further eat into residents' pocketbooks.

July 8, 2023

Third Saturdays continues in July

Creative Pinellas, Florida Botanical Gardens and Heritage Village will continue the Third Saturdays at Pinewood on Saturday, July 15.

July 6, 2023

Tampa Bay Watch installs vertical oyster gardens in Tampa

The Tampa Bay Watch environmental organization is giving new life to oyster shells tossed in the trash at local restaurants to create more habitats and filtration in Tampa Bay.

June 26, 2023

Is it too much growth or not enough water fueling Zephyrhills' growth moratorium?

The city of Zephyrhills is about to issue a hold on new developments for the next year as it reaches the maximum amount it's allowed to withdraw from the aquifer. The head of the local water district says it's more about the growth than not having enough water.

June 22, 2023

Hillsborough County commissioners express support for $1.8B Selmon Expressway extension

Traffic congestion has become so bad southeast of Tampa that elected officials are ready for solutions no matter the cost — as long as the county doesn't pay for it.

June 15, 2023

Flushing out our waterways using your old toilets

Old toilets are now being used to help clean the water in Tampa Bay! It's a unique pilot program that's brought two local agencies together with the same goal of protecting the environment.

June 14, 2023

Tampa Bay Water celebrates 25 years

Tampa Bay Water – the wholesale drinking water supplier to Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties, as well as the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa – is celebrating 25 years of innovation and regional cooperation to keep water flowing to the region.

June 12, 2023

What's Good In Tampa Bay With Ann Kelly - Can water have a birthday?

Can water have a birthday? Sure! Tampa Bay Water is celebrating their 25th year of meeting the every-growing demand for water, and that's What's Good in Tampa Bay with Ann Kelly and General Manager Chuck Carden.

June 9, 2023

A quarter century after its formation, Tampa Bay Water still seen as a model for the region

By the time Tampa Bay Water found its footing in 1998, governments across the region had wasted years fighting — losing millions of dollars in lawsuits in the process.

June 8, 2023

Do you know where your water comes from? We'll take you on your water's journey to your home

Drinking water for residents in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties is made up of aquifer, river and Gulf waters. And it goes through a lot before reaching your faucet.

June 7, 2023

Hundreds of lakes and wetlands have rebounded since Tampa Bay Water was formed 25 years ago

Residents across the greater Tampa Bay region can enjoy thousands of acres of wetlands and lakes that have slowly rebounded over the past couple decades since Tampa Bay Water stopped the over-pumping of groundwater and ended "the water wars."

May 31, 2023

Keeping the Apollo Beach desalination plant open will cost over $500M across 20 years

Desalination, especially as it becomes more efficient, is one possible answer to drinking water problems across the world.

May 26, 2023

Tampa Council plans formal farewell for ‘toilet-to-tap’

The city proposal to use wastewater to augment drinking water supplies will end.

May 18, 2023

Toilet to Reef: A unique recycling program turning your old potty into an ecosystem

If you have an old leaky toilet and plan to replace it, don't throw it away! Rebates through Tampa Bay Water are available, and you can help protect the environment.

May 16, 2023

During this drought, here’s how Tampa Bay residents can save water and money | Column

Weeks from the traditional start of the summer rainy season, Tampa Bay and most of Florida are experiencing the most severe drought conditions in more than a decade.

May 12, 2023

Three of Tampa Bay’s county commissions just met. That’s a first.

Many on Friday praised the work of Tampa Bay Water, which emerged from the region’s water wars in the 1990s to control its water supply, as an example of regionalism at its best.

May 11, 2023

Unveiling The Tampa Bay Area Tap Water Mystery

Unveiling The Tampa Bay Area Tap Water Mystery. Tap water is a daily essential for most of us, but have you ever wondered why the taste can vary across different regions?

May 11, 2023

Keeping the water flowing: How local entities are combating the growing population’s growing demand for water

It’s often an afterthought. You turn on the faucet and water comes out, a seemingly endless supply of it. Clean and ready for showering, drinking or cooking.

May 11, 2023

Bathroom to Bay: How old toilets are being transformed into a sea life habitat in Tampa Bay

As one of the most popular tourist destinations, Tampa Bay has an abundance of hotels and other properties. As those properties are updated over time, replaceable items like old toilets are sent to landfills. Tampa Bay Watch and Tampa Bay Water are exploring ways to find more sustainable solutions for the toilets.

May 8, 2023

Lack of rain raises water concerns in Hillsborough

Due to a shortage of rainfall in the first four months of the year, Hillsborough County is reminding residents to be mindful of how much water they’re using.

May 8, 2023

Here’s where your Tampa Bay drinking water comes from

If you’ve ever wondered why your tap water tastes different than your friend’s across the bay, we have the answer. The water comes from the same sources, but the cities and counties around Tampa Bay have different treatment processes and combinations of source water.

May 1, 2023

New Well Planned To Increase Water Supply

The increase in demand for water is driven by growth in Southeastern Hillsborough County, which is seeing more residents move into new homes every day. To help meet that growing need, Tampa Bay Water is implementing a plan to increase the amount of water flowing to that part of the utility’s service area.

April 24, 2023

Recycled toilets to help with quality of Tampa Bay

Two local organizations have come together for a unique recycling opportunity using toilet bowls. They say the effort will ultimately help improve the quality of Tampa Bay.

April 24, 2023

Buying Water During The Drought

The city of Tampa said Tampa Bay Water supplies wholesale drinking water to Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

April 23, 2023

Tampa Water Department buys water from provider amid seasonal drought

The city of Tampa said Tampa Bay Water supplies wholesale drinking water to Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

April 23, 2023

Save the Oceans with Old Toilets

April 20, 2023

Drought is shrinking the Hillsborough County Reservoir

The Hillsborough River Reservoir is dwindling by the day because of a lack of rainfall in our area. To address this growing concern, the Tampa Water Department purchased water from Tampa Bay Water to make up for its shortfalls.

April 20, 2023

Tampa Bay Watch non-profit transform old toilets into oyster reef balls

Volunteers with Tampa Bay Watch use hammers and a marine-friendly concrete mix to create oyster reef balls to filter the water in the bay. Pieces of toilets are included.

April 20, 2023

Tampa is purchasing water to address a lack of rainfall

The Tampa Water Department says it’s taking measures to address what it calls a seasonal drought affecting the city.

April 19, 2023

Here’s why your water might taste or smell different in Tampa

The department said it is purchasing water from Tampa Bay Water starting Thursday. The company supplies wholesale drinking water to Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, as well as New Port Richey, St. Petersburg, and Tampa.

April 18, 2023

Tampa considers new option for wastewater disposal

It's back to the drawing board after the first two pitches to convert Tampa's wastewater into clean water for drinking or dispersing into the Hillsborough River went down the drain.

April 17, 2023

Hispanics Come Together To Demonstrate Commitment To Environment

Volunteers recently gathered at Lowry Park to do their part to clean up the Hillsborough River.

April 17, 2023

After ‘toilet to tap,’ Tampa turns to Plan C for wastewater disposal

The city of Tampa has a new idea for disposing of its treated wastewater — send it to the region’s drinking water supplier, Tampa Bay Water.

April 14, 2023

Editor's picks: Things to know, including impact numbers from Sarasota's CareerEdge Funders Collaborative

Tampa Bay Water made an $8,000 grant earmarked to educate Hispanic communities in Tampa Bay about the importance of the water supply through outings and community cleanups delivered in their cultural representation.

April 8, 2023

Hispanics For Our Environment Host Hillsborough River Cleanup

On Saturday, April 8, Tampa Bay Kayak Anglers will hold a Hispanics for Our Environment: Hillsborough River Cleanup. Volunteers will gather at Lowry Park, 1204 W. Flora St., in Tampa from 8 to 11 a.m.

April 5, 2023

Hillsborough leaders to discuss new water source

A new water source is likely coming to South Hillsborough County.

March 29, 2023

New water source brings relief to south Hillsborough County

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — People in Hillsborough County will soon have a new freshwater source, and it will have a big impact on people in the area.

March 28, 2023

Regional transportation proposal sparks familiar disagreements among Tampa Bay elected officials

Politicians and TIP leaders gathered on March 24, in Pasco County.

March 24, 2023

World Water Day: How Florida is working to combat drinking water supply depletion

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (Tampa Bay Now News) - In recognition of World Water Day, experts in Florida say the state is seeing its drinking water supply deplete at an alarming rate and they're working to address it before it's too late.

March 22, 2023

Commercial water applications in Tampa surge over 30% in six years

The city's water department recently doubled its development services team to accommodate the growing demand.

March 22, 2023

Tampa Bay Water taps new source for south Hillsborough faucets

The plan will provide an additional 2.3 million gallons of water daily to the fast-growing region.

March 21, 2023

Hillsborough County program rewards sustainable gardeners

TAMPA, Fla. - Bay Area gardeners who use native plants to help the environment are being rewarded through a Hillsborough County program.

March 17, 2023

Tampa council candidate Cruz denies flip-flop on wastewater reuse plan

Tampa City Council candidate and former state legislator Janet Cruz denies that she has changed her position on Tampa’s plans to reuse wastewater, despite having sponsored a bill to expedite a similar plan in 2018.

March 14, 2023

EPA proposes first national standards to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — When is the last time you thought about what's in the water coming out of your faucet?

Right now, the EPA is proposing some big changes on what should be allowed in terms of "forever chemicals," or PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances), in our drinking water. On Tuesday, EPA leaders announced a proposal that would implement the first national standard to limit PFAS chemicals in drinking water.

March 7, 2023

Annual Contest Recognizes Residents For Conserving Water On Lawns

Hillsborough County Extension Service is accepting applications for the Tampa Bay Community Water Wise Awards, which aim to promote appropriate gardening habits and recognize community members who are committed to creating sustainable landscapes.

March 7, 2023

Election results: Four Tampa City Council races head to runoff, Blake Casper loses

Four Tampa City Council races will head to a runoff following Tuesday’s election, with two other candidates clinching their spots on the dais for the next four years.

March 7, 2023

Tampa City Council District 6 results: Miranda leads, but runoff likely

TAMPA — The race for the West Tampa-based District 6 City Council seat appears headed to a runoff, as Charlie Miranda led the crowded field by a wide margin Tuesday night but not with a majority of the vote.

March 6, 2023

TECO vows changes after Hillsborough River sewage spill, but points finger at apartments

Tampa Electric is pointing the finger at one of its customers for not disclosing to the utility it had a private wastewater pump station on its account before the utility cut off power over an unpaid bill — resulting in a weeklong January spill that dumped an estimated 630,000 gallons of raw sewage into the Hillsborough River.

March 3, 2023

630,000 gallons of sewage from apartments spilled into Hillsborough River

TAMPA, Fla. — Hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage — enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, was spilled into the Hillsborough River, according to state environmental reports.

March 2, 2023

Water issues front and center in West Tampa-based council race

Charlie Miranda, who must leave his citywide District 2 seat due to term limits, is making a bid for the open District 6 seat against four candidates making their first campaigns for elected office.

Feb 28, 2023

Pasco eyes possible Ridge Road extension to Overpass Road

The final segment of the Ridge Road, which is scheduled to reach U.S. 41 in Land O’ Lakes, could turn into just another stop along the road.

Feb 27, 2023

Pasco to study possible road across the Cypress Creek Preserve

Pasco leaders looking for more east-west travel options in their growing county have given transportation planners the green light to study another extension of Ridge Road — this one through the 8,506-acre Cypress Creek Preserve.

Feb 9, 2023

SWIM Celebrates 35 Years of Restoring Tampa Bay

Few restoration initiatives have made this much difference in just 35 years: 384 projects to improve water quality, creating 15,596 acres of habitat that drains 230,725 acres of watershed.

Jan 24, 2023

Tampa Bay Water finalizes second part of 26-mile pipeline route to South Hillsborough County

A 26-mile water main will extend between the Tampa Bay Waterregional facilities site north of State Road 60 all the way to a newfacility near Balm, with a pit stop at a treatment plant in Lithia.

January 23, 2023

Tampa Bay Water Board approves Segment B of South Hillsborough Pipeline project

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — On Monday, The Tampa Bay Water Board will consider approving Segment B, the southern segment, for the new South Hillsborough Pipeline.

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