The Tampa Water Department is required by Federal law to provide potable water that meets established Federal water quality standards. In addition, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection stipulates that the Water Department submit to monthly reviews on its finished water product to ensure compliance with all State and Federal parameters. The Tampa Water Department goes beyond this requirement by conducting more than 1000 analyses per month on its finished water product. The quality of water provided by the Tampa Water Department continues to meet or surpass all state and federal drinking water standards.
The Future of Our Water Quality
Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was passed by Congress in 1974 to protect
public health by regulating the nation's public drinking water supply.
The law was amended in 1986 and 1996 and requires many actions to
protect drinking water and its sources. The SDWA authorizes the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set national health-based
standards for drinking water to protect against both naturally occurring
and man-made contaminants that may be found in drinking water. The EPA,
states, and water systems then work together to make sure that these
standards are met. SDWA applies to every public water system in the
United States. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA is responsible for
updating and implementing rules and regulations. Each updated rule is
designed to further improve the existing high drinking water quality
standards already in place in the United States.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Source Water Assessment and Protection Plan
Water Assessment and
Protection Program (SWAPP) is meant to ensure
that your drinking water is
safe, not just at the tap but at its source. The water that surrounds us-lakes, rivers, streams,
and aquifers-makes up our
drinking water sources.
These source waters can be
threatened by potential
contaminants such as
stormwater runoff, waste
disposal sites and
tanks. It is a national
priority to protect these
sources and ensure safe
drinking water for citizens. SWAPP was created to protect
these vital resources and
was authorized by one of eight amendments made to the SDWA in 1996. View
SWAPP to see how your source water is impacted.
Drinking Water Standards
All public drinking water quality and standards are determined and enforced by Federal and State regulatory agencies. These standards are divided into two levels: primary standards and secondary standards.
The City of Tampa maintains drinking water pH values between 7.5
and 8.5 to minimize the corrosion of our customers' water pipes.
The Tampa Water Department Water Quality Report is an annual
requirement of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996. This
comprehensive report contains important water quality data and information
collected during calendar year. The Water Department tests for hundreds of
compounds in both raw (untreated) water and finished (treated) water throughout
the year. In every case, all compounds detected in Tampa's finished water were
below allowed levels of the state and federal drinking water quality standards.
(page last reviewed: 5/6/13)