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Rates and Fees

 

Tampa's commitment to maintaining and upgrading its water system and infrastructure is important. Revenue from these rates allow the Tampa Water Department to:

  • Replace aging pipes;
  • Improve and protect the health of the lower Hillsborough River; and
  • Pay for increased operation and maintenance costs.

Find ways to reduce your bill by using water efficiently at our Save Water page.

Information on other rates and fees:

Schedule of Rates - Potable Water

(Effective October 1, 2011 per Resolution 2007-753, Resolution 2010-339, Resolution 2011-106 and Resolution 2012-441)

Each billing unit is 100 cubic feet (748 gallons) of water. The price per unit is tied to set amounts of water in usage blocks, or tiers. The number and size of the usage blocks are based on the customer classification. Tampa has a tiered rate system to encourage water conservation.

 

Residential Customer Class: Single family

Inside City

Outside City
Tier 0 0 to 5 ccf* per month (first 5 ccf per month, per ccf) $2.09 $2.61
Tier 1 6 to 13 ccf* per month (next 8 ccf per month, per ccf) $2.43 $3.03
Tier 2 14 to 26 ccf* per month (next 13 ccf per month, per ccf) $4.07 $5.08
Tier 3 27 to 46 ccf* per month  (next 20 ccf per month, per ccf) $5.44 $6.80
Tier 4 Over 46 ccf* per month (in excess of 46 ccf per month, per ccf) $6.28 $7.85
* ccf = 100 cubic feet or 748 gallons.

Note: Residential Customer Class Tier 5 and 6 of the rate structure were suspended by Resolution 2011-106, effective March 2, 2011.

 

Apartment Customer Class:  Multi-family (a)

Inside City

Outside City
Tier 0 0 to 2 ccf* per month (first 2 ccf per month, per ccf) $2.09 $2.61
Tier 1 3 to 6 ccf* per month (next 4 ccf per month, per ccf) $2.43 $3.03
Tier 2 7 to 12 ccf* per month (next 6 ccf per month, per ccf) $4.07 $5.08
Tier 3 13 to 21 ccf* per month (next 9 ccf per month, per ccf) $5.44 $6.80
Tier 4 Over 21 ccf* per month (in excess of 21 ccf per month, per ccf) $6.28 $7.85
* ccf = 100 cubic feet or 748 gallons.

(a) Calculation is based on the number of dwelling units X the tier range.

                               

All Other
Customer Classes

Inside City

Outside City

Tier 1 Charge per ccf up to the monthly threshold amount $2.43 $3.03
Tier 2 Charge per ccf for monthly consumption from the threshold up to twice the threshold amount $4.07 $5.08
Tier 3 Charge per ccf for monthly consumption from twice the threshold up to three and one half times the threshold amount $5.44 $6.80
Tier 4 Charge per ccf for monthly consumption over three and one half times the threshold amount $6.28 $7.85

 

Customer Class

Monthly Threshold (ccf*)

Commercial Small 25
Commercial Medium 140
Commercial Large 1,250
Commercial Office 3(1)
Hospitals 10(2)
Inn, Motel and Hotel 6(3)
Industrial Small 13
Industrial Medium 150
Industrial Large 3,020

(1) per 1000 sq. ft.
(2) per bed
(3) per rental room

* ccf = 100 cubic feet or 748 gallons.

 

 

Tampa Bay Water Pass-Through Charge

The Tampa Bay Water Pass-Through Charge was established in order for the city to recover the additional costs associated with water purchases from Tampa Bay Water. Tampa Bay Water is a regional wholesale provider that sells water to local water providers. The City of Tampa purchases water from Tampa Bay Water during times when demand is high and our own resources can no longer meet customer demand. This surcharge was put into place to recover the difference between what we pay Tampa Bay Water and what it costs us to produce water at our own facilities.

The surcharge is only passed on to our customers during times when the City of Tampa has had to buy water from Tampa Bay Water. A per unit cost is calculated from the total cost for all of the purchases from Tampa Bay Water during the previous 3 month period. The amount each customer pays is calculated by multiplying their individual usage times that per unit cost. The surcharge appears a separate line item on the utility bill and, like the tier rates for water, the surcharge line item is subject to tax.

For more information on the surcharge contact a Call Center Representative at (813) 274-8811.

(page last reviewed: 11/22/13)