Tampa Augmentation Project (TAP)

The City of Tampa is conducting a potable reuse study that can provide our community with a safe, affordable, sustainable water supply for today and for tomorrow.

TAP Objective

Determine the feasibility of additionally purifying reclaimed water using natural treatment systems to provide a new, safe, and sustainable regional drinking water source. See TAP overview document. 

TAP Benefits

  • Ensure a safe, sustainable, cost-effective and drought-proof water supply.
  • Protect and enhance important environmental resources such as the Hillsborough River, Hillsborough Bay and Tampa Bay.
  • Maximize the beneficial use of available water and increase the amount of drinking water available to the region.

TAP Focus Area

TAP focuses on evaluation of a recharge/recovery alternative with a pilot project at the Woodland Terrace park site.  See pilot project area map.

Recharge wells will be used to replenish the Avon Park Formation of the Floridan aquifer with advanced treated reclaimed water and recovery wells will be used to recover water from the Suwanee Formation of the aquifer.

TAP Background

The use of reclaimed water to help meet Tampa’s drinking water needs became possible in 1979 when the Howard F. Curren Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant was upgraded. See Tampa’s reclaimed water timeline.

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The Tampa Augmentation Project is being completed in partnership with the Southwest Florida Water Management District.