Water Department Fast Facts
- Single Family Residential Accounts = ~119,000
- Multi-Family Residential Accounts = ~2,100
- Non-Residential Accounts = ~14,000
- Service Population = ~644,000
Our Production Process
- The David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility has the capacity to produce up to 120 million gallons of drinking water daily.
- Average daily demand is 75 million gallons a day.
- About 20 percent of daily demand is used for irrigation, about 35% goes to household use, about 35% is used commercially and the balance is used for health and safety purposes (fire suppression).
- When "excess" water is available, up to 1.2 billion gallons is stored in our Aquifer Storage and Recovery System for later use.
- About 9,000 samples are analyzed annually during the production process to ensure the delivery of water that meets or exceeds federal and state standards.
- At the end of the treatment process, organic by-products removed from our raw water are dewatered and returned for processing to maximize our available water sources.
- Our Residuals Processing Facility recycles dry organic by-products for other beneficial uses.
Our Service Area
- We deliver high-quality drinking water across an approximate 211-square-mile area that includes some portions of unincorporated Hillsborough County.
- Our distribution system has more than 2,160 miles of water mains that range in size from 2 to 48 inches in diameter and Just under 50,000 valves.
- We service and maintain more than 14,200 fire hydrants annually.
Our Water Source
- Tampa's primary water source is the Hillsborough River.
When the river cannot meet demand uring extended or extreme dry periods, Tampa buys treated regional groundwater, surface water and desalinated seawater from Tampa Bay Water.