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Rates and Fees


Tampa's commitment to maintaining and upgrading its water system and infrastructure is important. Revenue from water rates:

  • Replaces aging pipes;
  • Improves and protects the health of the lower Hillsborough River; and
  • Pays for increased operation and maintenance costs.

Schedule of Rates - Potable Water

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

Tampa Bay Water Pass-Through Charge

The Tampa Bay Water Pass-Through Charge was established to recover the additional costs associated with water purchased from Tampa Bay Water (TBW), a regional wholesale water provider. Tampa purchases water from TBW when demand is high and our own resources can no longer meet the demand. This surcharge helps to recover the difference between what is paid to TBW and what it costs Tampa to produce water at our own facilities.

The surcharge is  passed on to our customers only during times when Tampa has purchased water from TBW. A per unit cost is calculated from the total cost for all of the purchases from TBW 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 as 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.

Information on other rates and fees:

(page last reviewed: 11/22/13)