Utility billing for the City of Tampa is the responsibility of the Water Department's Distribution and Consumer Services Division. Most of the City's utility customers receive a consolidated monthly bill for three utility services--Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste.
Recent hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, and winter storms have emphasized the need for us all to be prepared for disasters in the Tampa Bay region. The frequency and intensity of these disasters are increasing. In 1998 alone, Hurricanes Georges and Mitch were responsible for the death of over 7,000 people in Central America and destroyed billions of dollars worth of property in Central America and Florida. The Public Works Department has prepared this guide to help you prepare for disasters.
We do not encourage the use of sand bags. Technology has greatly improved, and a combination of expandable foam and sheets of polypropylene, or similar plastic, are the best materials to use.
The city may supply sand bags depending on the type of emergency. After an emergency is declared, the bags would be made available at various sites throughout the city. Those locations will be publicly announced at the time of the emergency.
The Reclaimed Water project (formerly STAR - South Tampa Area Reclaimed Water) distributes highly treated wastewater from the Howard F. Curren Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant on Hooker's Point to residents and businesses in parts of South Tampa where it can be used to irrigate lawns and landscaping.
The Recycling Division is responsible for implementing, monitoring and administering the departmentís comprehensive recycling program. This includes curbside and multi-family recycling, yard waste recycling, office paper and commercial recycling programs.
The Solid Waste Enhanced Environment Program (S.W.E.E.P.) is managed by the Solid Waste Department. In an effort to continually improve our program and ensure adequate scheduling of volunteers, staff and equipment, the Department of Solid Waste will begin riding routes prior to weekend neighborhood cleanups and will post signage throughout the area receiving service. Through the S.W.E.E.P. for Cleaner Neighborhoods initiative, we hope to improve the quality of life in Tampaís neighborhoods.
Wastewater Department personnel collect, treat, and dispose of more than 50 million gallons of wastewater per day from over 98,000 customers in Tampa and its immediate suburbs. Sanitary treatment requires the careful removal of pollutants and pathogens from wastewater in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local regulations so that the end product can be returned to the environment for natural recycling.