Wholesale Water Purchase Planned for Supplementing Hillsborough River Reservoir Withdrawals
The Tampa Water Department anticipates purchasing water from Tampa Bay Water (TBW) for several weeks beginning in January 2020 in order to supplement the permitted withdrawals from the Hillsborough River reservoir. Historically, the City has turned to TBW only when the region experiences drought conditions that deplete our reservoir, however, due to ever increasing demand, the city must purchase TBW water.
The temporary purchases planned to begin in January will help Tampa continue to meet withdrawal limits included in the City’s permit issued by the Southwest Florida Water Management District to withdraw up to 82 million gallons of water daily from the Hillsborough River to meet Tampa’s drinking water demands. Tampa Bay Water (TBW) is the regional wholesale water supplier for member governments in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.
While Tampa is purchasing water to supplement the local source, Tampa Water customers also will see additional charges on their utility bill, listed as “TBW Pass-Through”. The per-unit cost will be calculated from the total cost of the purchases from TBW.
The City remains committed to identifying and funding additional water sources to meet our growing City’s drinking water needs. This an excellent time for our customers to review their water use practices to incorporate water use efficiencies to the highest-extent possible. Customers can visit www.tampagov.net/SaveWater to learn about water efficiency at home, at work and in the landscape.”