Healthy infrastructure is the foundation of a strong city -- which is why the City of Tampa is launching a Progressive Infrastructure Plan to Ensure Sustainability (PIPES).
With PIPES, the City of Tampa is investing in Tampa's tomorrow by taking a proactive approach to renew our infrastructure, prevent breakdowns, and provide a long-term, permanent fixes to our water and wastewater systems.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why do we need to do this now?
- Our pipe systems and treatment plants are old and in need of replacement. Some of the equipment and materials are reaching 100 years old. The annual cost to repair broken pipes has reached $20 million. If we do not replace the pipe that has reached the end of its useful life, these reactive costs will continue to grow and we will not be able to provide reliable water and wastewater services. Traffic delays and congestion will continue to get worse due to main brakes and cave-ins.
- Why didn’t we address these needs sooner?
- The City did not start installing a large amount of pipe before the 1940s. Most of the pipe installed in the 1940s through the 1960s was cast iron pipe. The pipe has a lifespan of 80 to 100 years. A large replacement program was not needed until now. The City has spent the last three years analyzing the pipes in our systems and the equipment at the treatment plants to determine what needs to be replaced, when it needs to be replaced, how much it will cost, and how we can fund it.
- How will it affect my bill?
- The average residential customer will see their monthly bill change from $41.29 to $46.50 in the first year. The plan to fund these projects is to gradually increase water and wastewater rates over the next seven years. The plan includes the addition of a base charge in to cover fixed costs during times of low water usage. The City is one of the last in the state of Florida to implement a base charge. Consumption charges will increase by 3% in the first year and gradually increase for six more years.
- How does my water bill compare to others in the area?
- The City currently has the lowest water rates in the region, less than half of the average of our peers, which is currently $80.57 per month. After the funding plan is implemented, the City’s water and wastewater rates will still be considerably less than the average for our region.
- Will there be more needs to address in the near future?
- No. The plan is all inclusive and addresses all the needs of the Water and Wastewater departments for the next 20 years.
Wastewater 20-year Project Documents
- 20 Year CIP Plan Overview
- 20 Year CIP Plan Council District 4
- 20 Year CIP Plan Council District 5
- 20 Year CIP Plan Council District 6
- 20 Year CIP Plan Council District 7