"At the David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility, we go the extra mile to provide you and your family a safe and reliable source of drinking water. In 2018, the hard work and dedication of Tampa’s Water Department staff was recognized by the Partnership for Safe Water with the '20-Year Directors Award.' The award, reserved for utilities that treat surface waters like the Hillsborough River, acknowledges our ongoing treatment optimizations and water quality monitoring that go above and beyond regulatory requirements. We are the only utility in Florida that has earned the award." -- Chuck Weber, Tampa Water Department Director
To read the director's full comments about Tampa's water quality and review our current water quality data, containing data from CY2018, access the full version of our current water quality report -- available in English or in Spanish. Individual copies of the printed report are mailed to each Tampa Water Department account holder with their May - June utility bills. Consumers also may request a printed copy of the current report.
Water quality continues to be a primary concern of consumers across the nation. Tampa's annual water quality report summarizes information about Tampa's finished drinking water and the source water our community relies on. Protection of our source water depends on all of us. Here are three simple things each of us can do to help keep our source water as safe as possible:
- Use and dispose of chemicals and other harmful materials properly.
- Follow local requirements for fertilizer use.
- Irrigate efficiently to reduce runoff.
Below are the most recent prior year Water Quality Reports in PDF format.
Prior Water Quality Reports by Calendar Year:
Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR4)
As in the past, the City of Tampa's Water Department is participating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) fourth round of the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR4) activities. The City is one of approximately 6,000 utilities nationwide monitoring for unregulated contaminants from 2018 through 2020. See additional information and monitoring results on our Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR4) page.
Drinking Water pH
The pH value is a measure of the corrosiveness of drinking water. The City of Tampa maintains drinking water pH values between 7.1 and 8.5 to minimize the corrosion of our customers' water pipes. See updated hardness and pH values on our water metrics page.
When the pH value is below 7.1, water tends to be corrosive and can damage metal pipes carrying the water. When pH is between 7.1 and 8.5, water is much less corrosive. Specific questions about the pH value of Tampa's drinking water may submitted online.