Water Quality

Water Quality Report

"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, access the full version of our current water quality report -- available in English or in Spanish.

Current Water Quality Report           En español   

The next annual water quality report is expected to begin delivery to every Tampa Water Department account holder with their May 2019 utility bill. Customers who do not receive utility bills can view that document online after May 6, when it is scheduled to be uploaded.  Consumers also may request a printed copy of the current report.  Please note: Individual requests for printed copies of the report that begins mailing May 2019 will not be available via mail until after June 1, 2019.

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:

Below are the most recent prior year Water Quality Reports in PDF format.

Prior Water Quality Reports by Calendar Year:

2016  - English |  En español           2015  -English|  En español                                            

2014  - English |  En español           2013  - English | En español 

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 of 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 (UCRM4) 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.