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Awards Season Open for Water-Efficient Landscapes

CLEARWATER, Fla. (April 4, 2019) — If your landscape is both eye-catching and water-efficient, now is the time to enter the 2019 Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards.


Tampa Bay Water Awards Nearly $30,000 To Protect the Region’s Drinking Water Sources

CLEARWATER, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2019) — Tampa Bay Water awarded nearly $30,000 in source water protection mini-grants to local organizations at its February board meeting to help Tampa Bay area non-profits, schools and community groups protect the aquifer, rivers and bay that the region uses for its drinking water.


Prescribed Burns Scheduled for C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir Property

Jan. 15, 2019 —Tampa Bay Water will be conducting “controlled, prescribed burns” during the winter and spring months (January through June 2019) on the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir property. The first burn is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.


Prescribed Burns Scheduled for Cypress Creek Wellfield

LITHIA, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2018) — Tampa Bay Water will be conducting “controlled, prescribed burns” during the fall and winter months (November 2018 through March 2019) on the Cypress Creek Wellfield property. The first burn is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.



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April 16, 2019
Vote On Tampa's 'Toilet To Tap' Postponed For A Year
The regional water authority postponed a decision Monday on a controversial plan that would take treated wastewater from the city of Tampa and inject it underground for later use. It's the latest delay for the proposal.

April 15, 2019
Tampa Bay Water postpones until 2020 voting on Tampa wastewater-to-drinking water plan
Amid vocal opposition to the Tampa Augmentation Project, the water agency again decides not to decide -- this time until a feasibility study is complete.

April 10, 2019
Column: Protect regionalism and protect Tampa Bay Water
Twenty years ago, Tampa Bay Water was created as the region’s sole and exclusive drinking water provider. The local governments that created Tampa Bay Water agreed on a vision — a single drinking water utility where voting power was balanced and everyone shared in the cost of water for the community and the environment.

February 22, 2019
Climate change is here. Will Tampa Bay finally get ready?
In a nondescript office building in Pinellas Park, a group of officials came together Feb. 11 to start figuring out how the 3.1 million people who live in the coastal plain that is the Tampa Bay area should grapple with a global crisis.

February 18, 2019
Final vote on Tampa's toilet to tap plan delayed until April
CLEARWATER — The fate of Tampa's plan to convert highly-treated wastewater to drinking water will remain in limbo for a few more months after the Tampa Bay Water board voted Monday to delay a final vote until April.

February 15, 2019
Editorial: Tampa Bay Water should approve Tampa water project
A plan that goes to the Tampa Bay Water board on Monday promotes the very goal the three-county utility was formed to achieve.

February 8, 2019
Climate change is happening. Public-private partnerships help protect the water supply
Over the past few decades, a number of municipalities in the Bradenton region and across Florida have reduced costs by turning to private companies to operate their water, wastewater, and stormwater management systems.

February 7, 2019
Putting Solar Panels on Water Is a Great Idea—but Will It Float?
Winemaker Greg Allen had a problem. As president of Far Niente Winery in Napa Valley, California, he had done the math on how much land the vineyard could possibly dedicate to solar panels, to offset energy costs.

February 4, 2019
Is Tampa sewage polluting the bay? No, says city. Yes, says environmental group
An environmental group is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to step in to correct what it says is the state’s failure to fix repeated violations at Tampa’s wastewater system.

January 31, 2019
Henningsen Retires after 31 Years
Asking Brandt Henningsen about his favorite project is like asking a mom about her favorite child.

January 22, 2019
Pinellas commissioners receive update on regional water projects
CLEARWATER — Tampa Bay Water has supplied drinking water for Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties, as well as New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa for 20 years.

January 22, 2019
Once leading the way in Florida, Clearwater's plan to turn wastewater to drinking water is on hold
CLEARWATER — Tampa Bay’s third largest city was supposed to be the first in the state to treat wastewater beyond drinking standards and inject it into the Floridan aquifer so it would make its way back into the drinking supply.

January 18, 2019
Editorial: Three mayors united for Tampa Bay
The mayors of Tampa Bay’s three largest cities held their final public chat this week, underscoring again how far the region has come in appreciating its shared future.

January 18, 2019
Video: Tampa City Council candidates debate at Tiger Bay
In March, Tampa voters will not only vote for a new mayor, but all seven city council seats are in play as well. On Friday at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club, candidates from three of the city council races answered questions from club members.

January 17, 2019
For this Tampa Bay mayoral power trio, a final local show
CLEARWATER — Early on during his joint appearance with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman noted the numerous political road shows the three have done over the the years.

January 14, 2019
Editorial: Florida’s green governor
Gov. Ron DeSantis has done more to protect the environment and tackle climate change in one week than his predecessor did in eight years.

January 6, 2019
Tampa Mayoral Candidate Rolls Out ‘Complete Transportation Plan’ Proposal
TAMPA – Mayoral candidate Ed Turanchik says he has a “visionary transportation for Tampa’s future” that he will unveil Monday (Jan. 7).

December 31, 2018
Editorial: 5 Tampa Bay issues to watch for 2019
The key challenges for Tampa Bay in 2019 are familiar ones. Yet there could be pivotal moments this year in each of these areas that could have long-term impact on the entire region.

December 31, 2018
Tampa Bay Water to test emergency sirens on Wednesday
LITHIA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Water wants you to know if you hear their emergency sirens on Wednesday morning, it's just a test!

December 29, 2018
Palmer: Lots of environmental news; not all good
It has been another busy and sometimes unsatisfying year for the environment.

December 17, 2018
Is Tampa's toilet-to-tap plan swirling down the drain?
CLEARWATER — Tampa’s controversial plan to convert highly-treated wastewater into drinking water appears to be losing support among representatives from local governments who make up the board of Tampa Bay Water, the regional authority that would have to sign off on the city’s plan.

December 10, 2018
Environmentalists oppose seismic airgun blasts planned for Atlantic
Late last month the Trump administration approved five permits for companies to search for oil off the Atlantic coast through a process involving loud seismic airgun blasts. But environmentalists oppose the seismic testing, saying the noise harms marine life.

December 10, 2018
Water woes await Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis: Transition team wants to do more now
Congressman Brian Mast convened the first meeting of Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis' environment transition team with a sense of urgency. The 40-member panel will frame water issues and identify steps to improve water quality for the new administration.

December 6, 2018
Bowen: Watch out for flying elbows in non-election years
You can tell it’s basketball season. The elbows are flying. Look no further than the Pasco County Commission chambers.

December 4, 2018
Brian Mast, Joe Negron will have Ron DeSantis’ attention on environment
Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis and future Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez are enlisting more than 40 policy experts, officeholders and private-industry leaders to help the incoming administration make sound agricultural and environmental policy decisions.

November 27, 2018
Editorial: Build consensus for water plan
A plan by the city of Tampa to convert highly treated wastewater into drinking water would benefit the economy and the environment of the entire Tampa Bay region.

November 26, 2018
'It's not poop water,' but St. Petersburg official skeptical of wastewater to drinking water plan
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A proposal to turn treated wastewater in drinking water for the city of Tampa is getting some pushback.

November 26, 2018
Remember 'Water Wars'? A new proposal aims to add treated wastewater to the drinking supply
Those who have been around Tampa Bay for a while remember the "Water Wars." Things are heating up again over a Tampa proposal to add treated wastewater to the drinking supply.

November 23, 2018
New climate report warns of more rain, hurricanes and flooding in Florida and elsewhere
Four years ago, federal officials published a report that labeled the Tampa Bay area as one area in Florida particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels.

November 21, 2018
Tempers mount with St. Pete over Tampa’s plan to turn wastewater into drinking water
ST. PETERSBURG — Distrust and frustration are mounting on both sides of the bay over plans by the city of Tampa to produce up to 50 million gallons a day of drinking water from treated wastewater by pumping it into the Floridan aquifer.

November 21, 2018
Pinellas Commission narrows legislative priorities to four
Pinellas County commissioners considered a list of five legislative priorities Tuesday, covering topics ranging from protecting community redevelopment areas to reforming Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

November 6, 2018
Tampa Bay Water’s grant application deadline is Nov. 15
Tampa Bay Water is looking for partners to help prevent water pollution and protect the sources of the region’s drinking water. Nonprofits, community and school groups located in the counties of Hillsborough, Pasco or Pinellas, could be eligible for a Source Water Protection Mini-grant.

November 3, 2018
Palmer: Several issues in Polk-Swiftmud legal showdown
During the past few months, I’ve been watching two contrasting trend lines. One depicts falling water levels in the Polk County section of Peace River in the absence of significant rainfall during the past month or so.

November 2, 2018
Conservation is a Centerpiece of Tampa Bay Water’s Masterplan
A penny saved may be a penny earned, but a gallon of water saved will equal nearly ten gallons of water over the next 10 years.

October 15, 2018
Tampa’s plan to convert wastewater to drinking water stalls after Tampa Bay Water vote
Tampa’s plan to turn highly treated wastewater into drinking water for the region’s booming population was rejected Monday by a coalition of Pinellas and Pasco politicians who want more time to determine how the plan might affect their communities.

October 12, 2018
Editorial: Tampa water project benefits entire region
A proposal that goes to the three-county utility Tampa Bay Water on Monday could benefit residents, the economy and the environment across the region.

October 12, 2018
Region could use more of the unity that built Tampa Bay Water 20 years ago
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of Tampa Bay Water, one of the most successful regional initiatives in Florida, and perhaps in the nation, and one that ended more than 30 years of vexatious and costly water wars.

October 11, 2018
The drip, drip, drip of a pending water fight in Tampa Bay
Twenty years later, it is still one of the best deals ever consummated around here. Surrounded by bickering and teetering on conflict, three counties (Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas) joined three cities (New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa) to form one utility company (Tampa Bay Water) that ended hostilities when it came to the market’s water supply.

October 3, 2018
Tampa Bay Water receives Certificate of Excellence
CLEARWATER - Tampa Bay Water has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its 2017 comprehensive annual financial report.

October 2, 2018
Get The Dirt: 2018 Community Water Wise Award Winners
The Community Water Wise Awards, sponsored by Tampa Bay Water, a regional municipal water provider, recognize individuals and businesses committed to conserving our water resources and protecting the environment by using Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) principles

October 1, 2018
New Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition promises collaborative action on climate change
Part 1 of a 2-part series. Public and private sector leaders across Tampa Bay are increasingly working together to build a more resilient future for the region, which has been named one of the world’s most vulnerable to the economic and environmental risks posed by climate change.

September 17, 2018
JennSolar's Desalination Concept Uses Solar Energy
The team at JennSolar says that one billion people have no access to clean water, and two billion people suffer from water scarcity for at least one month of the year.

September 11, 2018
Tampa Bay Water offering mini-grants
CLEARWATER - Ensuring the region’s drinking water is clean and safe starts at the source. Tampa Bay Water is offering mini-grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 to community groups, non-profits, schools and universities that will to join the water utility in preventing pollution, cleaning local waterways and protecting our drinking water sources.

August 9, 2018
Epilogue: Curtis Law’s quiet leadership drew respect, attention on Pasco commission
Curtis Law Sr. might as well have worked at E.F. Hutton. When he talked, people listened.

July 28, 2018
Palmer: Keep an eye on local water issues
Forty years ago, the conventional wisdom in Polk County was that someday Tampa would launch a “water raid” on Polk County.

June 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Water celebrates 20th anniversary
CLEARWATER - Tampa Bay Water’s Board of Directors recently marked the agency’s 20th anniversary with a respectful nod to the monumental efforts of those involved in creating Florida’s largest regional water utility.

June 25, 2018
Rooted in Florida - Florida Friendly Landscaping
The UF/IFAS Pasco County Office Extension and Tampa Bay Water are looking to recognize attractive yet water efficient landscapes.

June 25, 2018
Last Call For Entries In Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards
Tampa Bay Water, the University of Florida IFAS Extension and the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program are accepting final entries for the 2018 Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards.

June 22, 2018
Last Call to Enter Your Landscape for the 2018 Community Water Wise Award
Your Landscape may have what it takes to be a 2018 Community Water-Wise Award winner!

June 22, 2018
DOE to Spend $21 Million on Thermal Solar Desalination Research
The US Government, through the Department of Energy (DOE), has announced $21 million in funding of new projects to advance solar-thermal desalination technologies.

June 18, 2018
Clearwater and Tampa want to turn flushed water into drinking water. Is it safe?
Twenty years ago some people called it "Twerp." Others, wrinkling their noses, called it "toilet-to-tap," or something more vulgar.

June 11, 2018
Last call for entries for Water-Wise Awards
CLEARWATER - Tampa Bay Water, the University of Florida IFAS Extension and the Florida-Friendly Landscaping program are accepting final entries for the 2018 Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards.

June 11, 2018
Brown, Clark seek another term on Public Service Commission
TALLAHASSEE - Utility regulators Julie Brown and Gary Clark are seeking reappointment to the Florida Public Service Commission, as candidates face a Tuesday deadline to apply for two seats on the panel.

June 5, 2018
May 2017: A punishing drought. May 2018: All the rain we needed.
This time last year, Tampa Bay was enduring one of Florida’s worst droughts. Not so this year.

May 24, 2018
Former New Port Richey mayor remembered for community service, friendship
NEW PORT RICHEY — Frank Parker always wanted to give back, his wife Judy said. The former New Port Richey mayor and councilman cared about his community and worked to make it a better place, she said.

May 10, 2018
Editorial: Explore benefits of Tampa’s reclaimed water plan
A new analysis shows the potential benefits to the entire region if Tampa proceeds with its plan to redirect treated wastewater into the area’s drinking water supply.

May 3, 2018
Clearwater’s land in Hillsborough contaminated with lead, arsenic, DEP study shows
KEYSTONE — Testing by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection confirmed land Clearwater owns along Patterson Road bordering Silver Dollar Shooters Club is contaminated with lead, arsenic and antimony.

May 2, 2018
Water-Wise awards open for nominations
Do you think your landscape is both eye-catching and water-efficient? If you do, you may want to enter the 2018 Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards.

April 19, 2018
9th Annual EcoFest!
Learning Gate Community School, USF Health and the City of Tampa combine once again to host the 9th annual EcoFest on Sunday, April 22nd at the Lowry Park Riverfront Area - 7525 N. Boulevard, Tampa.

April 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Water Surveys Residents for Thoughts on Future Supplies
We think of water as something we expect to appear when we turn a faucet, but that is only because of the incredibly complex system behind our simple action.

April 16, 2018
HOA: Residents Invited To Compete For Water-Efficient Landscape Awards
Is your landscape both eye-catching and water-efficient? If so, now is the time to enter the 2018 Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards and you could win a custom-made, mosaic landscape stepping stone, recognition by local elected officials and neighborhood bragging rights.

April 10, 2018
Florida Friendly Landscaping on the Sustainable Living Program
On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we talked with three University of Florida Agriculture Extension Agents about Florida Friendly Landscaping and Water Wise water conservation principles.

April 3, 2018
Toilet to tap: Bill would allow putting wastewater into aquifer
CLEARWATER, Fla. (WTSP) — A controversial bill would let water utilities put wastewater into Florida's aquifer, the source of much of our drinking water. The bill just needs the governor's signature.

March 26, 2018
2018 Kids Rock Science STEM Event
CW44 thanks our sponsors and all the youngsters for coming out to MOSI and making our second annual STEM event a success!

March 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Water asking consumers where future sources of water should come from
TAMPA, Fla. — Current water supplies will not meet the Tampa Bay region's future needs.

March 1, 2018
Bills to let treated sewage get pumped into aquifer close to approval by Legislature
A pair of bills quietly moving through the Florida House and Senate have the potential to change the quality of the state’s water supply.

February 28, 2018
Opinions wanted for future drinking water decisions
CLEARWATER — Tampa Bay Water, the regional drinking water supplier to residents in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa, wants to hear from customers while it is developing long-term plans to meet drinking water demands.

February 28, 2018
Have A Voice In The Choice Of Tampa Bay’s Next Drinking Water Sources
As the Tampa Bay area continues to grow, the region will need more water. Your voice is needed to help decide the next drinking water sources.

February 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Water seeks public opinion on supply projects
CLEARWATER — As the Tampa Bay area continues to grow, the region will need more water. The public’s voice is needed to help decide the next drinking water sources.

February 19, 2018
Water Wars starting to simmer again in Tampa Bay
CLEARWATER — A simmering feud between Tampa and the regional water authority avoided boiling over Monday, but little was resolved.

February 5, 2018
Ed Turanchik starts early in building his case to lead Tampa in 2019 and beyond
Reflecting on his 2010-2011 bid for Tampa mayor, Ed Turanchik said that in that campaign Bob Buckhorn schooled him on messaging — and he learned his lesson.

February 5, 2018
Turanchik Enters Race For Tampa Mayor
TAMPA — Long time civic leader and former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik filed Friday (Feb, 2) to run for mayor of the city of Tampa in 2019.

February 2, 2018
Ed Turanchik Starts 'Visionary, Fun-Filled' Campaign For Tampa Mayor
A familiar name in Tampa will be on the ballot for mayor next year. Ed Turanchik got a jump on the competition Friday, and said he's hoping to do better than the last time he ran, in 2011.

January 31, 2018
Buckhorn says he still has hope for Tampa’s toilet-to-tap plan after defeat in Tallahassee
On Tuesday, Tallahassee dealt Tampa's bid to fast track its toilet-to-tap proposal a likely lethal blow, deep-sixing a bill by House Minority Leader Janet Cruz.

January 31, 2018
Water Supply Bill Goes Down The Drain
A bill that would have allowed the city of Tampa to increase its water supply has dried up in the state legislature. Some feared it would have reignited the area's water wars.

January 30, 2018
Tampa Bay Water fends off Tampa in water war skirmish — for now
TALLAHASSEE — The latest skirmish in Tampa Bay’s old water wars ended quickly Tuesday as a bill to allow the City of Tampa to augment its own water supply using highly-treated reclaimed water fell victim to cross-bay politics — and intraparty squabbling.

January 29, 2018
Pinellas commissioners keep watchful eye on Tallahassee
CLEARWATER — As state lawmakers go about their business during this year’s legislative session in Tallahassee, Pinellas County commissioners are continuing to monitor bills that could affect home rule.

January 27, 2018
Editorial: Tampa Bay Water should move forward on reclaimed water without needing state intervention
Tampa Bay Water has made its share of mistakes in its 20-year history, and with six member-governments in three counties, conflicting views and parochial tensions are a part of life.

January 26, 2018
Letter to the Editor: Health risks of reclaimed water
Two bills in the Florida Legislature seek to dismantle the consortium of regional water suppliers and consumers that has successfully provided safe water to area residents for over 20 years.

January 25, 2018
Column: Why Tampa needs legislation to push its reclaimed water plan
The commitment that Tampa makes to its residents — the commitment to build the infrastructure that will sustain our growth and maintain our security — serves as a blueprint for our future.

January 25, 2018
Kids Rock Science Presented By Tampa Bay Water & TECO – STEM Event At MOSI
Come be inspired by STEM exhibits at CW44’s Kids Rock Science presented by Tampa Bay Water and TECO.

January 22, 2018
Water wars redux: Could Tampa-backed bills doom Tampa Bay Water?
CLEARWATER — For 20 years, the regional water supply agency known as Tampa Bay Water has provided the state with an example of how local governments can cooperate to provide a vital resource to a large metro region.

January 12, 2018
Tampa Bay mayors come out swinging against GOP-led Legislature at Tiger Bay
As the Florida House was approving a proposal championed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran to ban so-called sanctuary cities, Bob Buckhorn was ridiculing the notion in front of an audience approximately 300 miles to the south.

December 6, 2017
Editorial: St. Petersburg should raise rates for reclaimed water
Raising rates on reclaimed water in St. Petersburg is an equitable way to spread the pain of paying for millions in fixes to the city's dilapidated sewer system.

December 4, 2017
Game of Rates: Will St. Pete raise reclaimed water bills?
ST. PETERSBURG — Whether or not the city should charge residents more for reclaimed water rates is breaking down along two narratives.

November 6, 2017
Tampa Bay Water receives award for utility excellence
CLEARWATER — The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies honored Tampa Bay Water with its top utility management award, the Platinum Award for Utility Excellence, for its outstanding achievements in implementing the nationally recognized Attributes of Effective Utility Management including financial viability, product quality, water resource sustainability and operational optimization, to name a few.

October 30, 2017
Florida Counties Explore IPR System
Florida may be taking up the mantle in one of the drinking water industry’s ongoing battles: to increase the adoption of indirect potable reuse (IPR).

October 26, 2017
St. Pete is hemorrhaging water, costing the city millions per year
The city is losing water. On an average day, the city buys more than four million gallons from the region's water supplier than it sells to residents and businesses, according to an audit earlier this month. That costs the city — and its customers — $3.4 million annually.

October 25, 2017
Editorial: Tampa's smart plan to add drinking water
The city of Tampa is proposing a much-needed plan to convert wastewater into tap water that could benefit the city and the region. The project could build on the vision the area showed 20 years ago in creating a single water utility to serve the bay area, and it could provide a more sustainable path for growth that would be good for ratepayers, business and the environment.

October 13, 2017
Tampa not alone in eyeing highly treated waste water as possible drinking water source
The Tampa Bay area has a long history of local governments jockeying to control sources of water, but not water into which people have pooped. That could change.

September 11, 2017
Irma’s Environmental Toll Could Be Less Than Harvey’s
The environmental toll from Hurricane Irma in Florida may not be as harsh as the problems caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, according to scientists and water utility officials.

August 21, 2017
Clearwater's pasture land in Hillsborough County could be saved for preservation
CLEARWATER — The 426 acres of pasture in Odessa have served the city of Clearwater well over the decades. After buying the land along Patterson Road in the early 1980s, the city used it first for dumping treated sludge from Clearwater's wastewater treatment plants.

August 20, 2017
Grant funding available for protecting drinking water sources
CLEARWATER — Clean drinking water starts at the source, and Tampa Bay Water is looking for groups who share the goal of protecting local waters.

August 20, 2017
Pinellas’ Jack Latvala announces run for governor
CLEARWATER — State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, made it official Aug. 16, traveling to three different locations, including the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, to announce he is running for governor in 2018.

August 15, 2017
Latvala's voice elevates governor's race
Jack Latvala brings a welcome voice of reason and pragmatic conservative values to the 2018 governor's race.

August 10, 2017
Pinellas County celebrates new water treatment facilities
TARPON SPRINGS — The Pinellas County government hosted a valve-turning ceremony on Thursday, July 20, at 11 a.m., at the S.K. Keller Water Treatment Plant, 3655 Keller Circle, in the East Lake area of Tarpon Springs.

June 30, 2017
Heavy June Rains Wipe Out Drought Conditions Across Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Heavy rains throughout the month of June have wiped out drought conditions across Florida. According to a Tampa Bay Times report , the U.S. Drought Monitor determined that severe and "abnormally dry" drought conditions afflicted large swaths of the state by the end of May.

June 29, 2017
June's heavy rains wash away Florida's severe drought
One of Florida's most severe droughts has been washed away in only a month. This month's colossal rainfall wiped out what meteorologists call the "severe conditions" that just weeks ago covered 15 percent of the state, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

June 26, 2017
Tampa Bay Water Board approves 2018 budget
CLEARWATER — Tampa Bay Water’s board of directors today approved the agency’s fiscal year budget with no wholesale rate increase.

June 21, 2017
Cheating drought with Water-Wise Landscaping
CLEARWATER — It might seem impossible to enjoy a healthy, vibrant landscape during a drought, but many individuals, businesses and community groups are doing just that by using Florida-friendly, water-wise growing practices.

June 20, 2017
Tampa Bay Water approves 2018 budget, without raising prices
Florida’s largest wholesale water provider has approved a budget for next year, without raising prices to Tampa Bay-area consumers.

June 12, 2017
Editorial: Tampa Bay needs one MPO to set regional transit priorities
Now that government and business leaders throughout Tampa Bay are talking about consolidating the decisionmaking process for regional transportation planning, it's little surprise that some voices would still try to protect their parochial interests rather than embrace the big picture.

June 9, 2017
Five Fundamentals for Building a Strong Cyber Program
Utilities are an integral part of our human society. Not only are they important, but they are expected.

June 6, 2017
June rains can ease Tampa Bay's water consumption, but not its historic drought
This week's rains won't provide much respite from what some officials call the region's worst drought in a century.

May 10, 2017
We’re on the lookout for water-wise landscapes
The Pasco County Extension Office and Tampa Bay Water are looking for attractive landscapes with irrigation systems or techniques that minimize water waste and represent the best in Florida-Friendly Landscaping.

May 10, 2017
Owner of proposed Pasco mine uninterested in preservation pitch
Neighbors are interested, but the owner isn't. So Pasco County will not be preserving the site of a proposed mine as ecologically sensitive land.

May 5, 2017
Are You Water Wise?
Drinking water might be Florida's most precious commodity. That's why it's important to conserve as much of the resource as possible.

May 1, 2017
Tampa residents asked to watch water usage
TAMPA (FOX 13) - With mostly dry weather in the forecast ahead, the Southwest Florida Water Management District has declared a Phase One Water Shortage for parts of Tampa Bay.

April 26, 2017
Water restrictions may be coming to Tampa Bay area with shortage declaration
HAINES CITY — As parched conditions persist in west central Florida, the region's water management district has put residents on notice: Water restrictions could be coming.

April 21, 2017
Cooperation got us ready for drought
Getting to this point was an ugly, expensive slog. But in the face of a statewide drought, the Tampa Bay region stands well-positioned to cope with the dry conditions without harming the environment.

April 19, 2017
Festivities set to honor Earth Day
Finding ways to celebrate Mother Earth and to recycle, upcycle and preserve its precious resources are the themes of Earth Day celebrations planned around the region.

April 18, 2017
Desalination plant, reservoir helping Tampa Bay endure Florida's fiery drought
Florida's drought has become so dire that the Southwest Florida Water Management District is about to alert homeowners to watch for watering restrictions.

April 14, 2017
Most of Bay Area in severe drought with no relief expected
TAMPA (FOX 13) —The majority of the Tampa Bay region is now in a severe drought and water restrictions are expected in the not-so-distant future.

April 10, 2017
Awards season open for water-thrifty landscapes
CLEARWATER —Tampa Bay Water, in partnership with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences County Extension Offices and Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program, is accepting applications for the 2017 Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards.

March 24, 2017
Tampa Bay's legislators aren't asking for state transportation money; a fractured approach doesn't help
TALLAHASSEE — Tampa Bay leaders aren't shy about proclaiming the need for more transportation dollars.

March 8, 2017
Group advocates for Pasco purchase of proposed mine site
DADE CITY — Former brethren from other locales offered unsolicited land-use advice to Pasco County commissioners Tuesday: It's your county, but don't make it a mine.

March 6, 2017
Get The Dirt With Florida Yard Expert: Community Water Wise Awards Program
The 2017 Community Water Wise Awards, sponsored by Tampa Bay Water, recognize individuals and businesses committed to conserving our water resources and protecting the environment by using Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) principles.

March 4, 2017
Owen named Water Quality Person of the Year
CLEARWATER - Christine Owen of Tampa Bay Water was awarded Water Quality Person of the Year by the American Water Works Association and the American Membrane Technology Association.

Feb 10, 2017
Hillsborough MPO head wants to slow down talk of new regional transportation authority
Beth Alden is looking to have a serious discussion about regional transportation in the Tampa Bay area.

Feb. 6, 2017
Clearwater couple wins 2016 Water-Wise Award
CLEARWATER – Tiki and Brian Bates of Clearwater are the winners of the 2016 Water-Wise Award in the single-family residential category.

February 1, 2017
Mass transit planners could learn from water wars of the 90s, state Sen. Jack Latvala says
There are lessons the players working to solve Tampa Bay's mass transportation shortfalls should learn from the region's infamous water wars of the 90s, state Sen. Jack Latvala said Wednesday.

January 11, 2017
Kids Rock Science presented by Tampa Bay Water – A STEM Event at MOSI
Inspire Tampa Bay’s students by featuring your STEM careers at CW44’s Kids Rock Science presented by Tampa Bay Water at MOSI.

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Adam Putnam espouses the importance of water to Florida while speaking at ‘Cafe Con Tampa’
If Florida Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam has a central governing philosophy, it might be the importance of having a long-term memory about the Sunshine State.

Thursday, July 28, 2016
A Tale of Two Water Authorities: Paying for excess capacity in shared water and wastewater systems
Dividing the costs of shared water infrastructure equitably among many potential users may not be as straightforward as it seems.

Monday, July 25, 2016
Regulators want to allow more toxic chemicals in Florida’s water
TALLAHASSEE — A state panel will decide Tuesday whether to allow polluters to increase the level of toxic chemicals they dump into Florida rivers and lakes as part of the first update of the state’s water quality standards in 24 years.

Monday, July 18, 2016
Jack Latvala to be first inductee into Legislative Hall of Fame at Pasco-Hernando State College
State Sen. Jack Latvala will be the first legislator inducted into Pasco-Hernando State College’s Legislative Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Ed Narain Gets No Love For Advocating That Florida Cities Should Be Able To Hold Their Own Tax Referendums
A couple of years after Hillsborough County voters overwhelmingly rejected a sales tax referendum on transportation, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn talked about getting Tallahassee lawmakers to back a measure that would allow big cities like Tampa to place their own tax referendums on the ballot.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
State lawmakers Murphy, Latvala outline goals
NEW PORT RICHEY — Deploring a shift toward stalemate and gridlock in the state Legislature, both state Sen. Jack Latvala and state Rep. Amanda Murphy described goals to an audience at the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast.

Sunday, May 1, 2016
Climate-change study at Apollo Beach desalination plant keeps eye on sea level
TAMPA — With a backdrop of rising seas in Florida that in 80 years could be 3 feet higher than now, the owners of the sea-level-situated desalination plant in Apollo Beach have embarked on a multiyear study to determine how to avoid the potential swamping of the $158 million plant that changes saltwater into water people can drink.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Retrofitting Tampa Bay for climate change: From understanding to action
As the climate changes, so too do attitudes of people living in Florida.

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Could your home landscape be a Water-Wise winner?
It’s that time of year again, when Tampa Bay Water sponsors the annual Community Water-Wise Award Program for Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Rethinking Tampa Bay's water resources as the climate changes
Just north of the iconic Big Bend Power Station on Hillsborough County's southeastern shore, the Tampa Bay Desalination Plant processes millions of gallons of saltwater through a teeming maze of pumps and pipes.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Water Research Foundation Releases Updated Residential End Use Study
The comprehensive update confirms that indoor water use per household continues to decline

Thursday, February 25, 2016
We’re no Flint, but…
It was a shock for residents of Flint, Michigan. The water supply on which they depend was found to be contaminated with lead, a substance known to cause behavior and psychological problems (or worse) in those who consume it.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Matt Jordan: As state population grows, so too does the need to plan for water needs
The sweeping new water policy that passed in the Florida legislature and was signed by the governor is expected to have a big impact on Floridians, now and in the future.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Sinkhole worries keep popular Lake Park closed
LUTZ — A friendly park ranger and the sound of songbirds usually welcome Lake Park patrons at the front gate, but lately, only a white barricade that says "Park Closed" sits at the entrance.

Friday, January 22, 2016
On Flint water crisis, Tampa Bay Water ensures residents that local water exceeds safety standards
TAMPA - In a Friday release, Tampa Bay Water ensured residents and businesses that local water supplies exceed all levels of drinking water safety standards. The company supplies water to nearly 2.4 million people in the area.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Is your drinking water safe?
Officials responsible for drinking water for the majority of the Tampa Bay region are blunt when talking about whether or not the water quality issues in Flint, Michigan, could happen here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Permit to pump Morris Bridge Sink won’t be challenged
Hillsborough County will not file a legal challenge to a permit to pump water from a sinkhole in sensitive wetlands near the Hillsborough River.

Monday, January 11, 2016
Foes drop challenge of plan to pump more water into Hillsborough River
TAMPA — A dispute between environmental groups and the city of Tampa over a groundwater pumping permit in Thonotosassa has been resolved, at least for now.

Sunday, January 10, 2016
Treasury Auctions Set for the Week of Jan. 11
The Treasury’s schedule of financing this week includes Monday’s regular weekly auction of new three- and six-month bills and an auction of four-week bills on Tuesday.

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Tampa supports pumping water from Morris Bridge Sink
Unless they can work out differences by next week, it’s possible that several local governments will end up on opposite sides of a legal battle about...

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Fitch Rates Tampa Bay Water, FL's Utility System Revs 'AA+'; Outlook Stable
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to the following Tampa Bay Water, A Regional Water Supply Authority...

Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Two residences win 2015 Water Wise Awards
CLEARWATER – Two more Pinellas County residences have bragging rights as good stewards of the environment.

Friday, December 25, 2015
Squeezing them in: Florida’s growing population will come at a price
Florida leaped over another population milestone this year, according to U.S. census figures, and is now the nation’s second-fastest growing state behind Texas.

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Tarpon Springs water facility fully operational
TARPON SPRINGS – The city of Tarpon Springs’ new Reverse Osmosis Water Facility is fully operational, replacing water previously provided by Pinellas County Utilities through Tampa Bay Water, the city announced Dec. 2.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Environmentalists oppose pumping plan at Morris Bridge Sink
TAMPA — The delicate balance between providing enough water to drink and enough to keep the lower reaches of the Hillsborough River from becoming a dry riverbed is wobbling as the city of Tampa appears poised to get a permit to augment river flow with aquifer water pumped from the Morris Bridge Sink in Thonotosassa.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Residents ask SWFWMD to delay decision to pump water from sinkhole
Residents are asking for a delay in a permit to pump water from a sinkhole located in wetlands near Thonotosassa until other sources of water can be considered; they say pumping water from Morris Bridge Sink to augment freshwater flow to the Lower Hillsborough River could damage nearby wells, cause sinkholes or harm the ecosystem.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Hillsborough EPC director, environmentalists seek delay in sinkhole pumping plan
TAMPA — Tallahassee plans to issue the permit, but the debate over a project to pump millions of gallons of water from a sinkhole in the 16,000-acre Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve appears to be anything but over.

Saturday, December 12, 2015
Southern California desalination plant will help ease water crunch, but price is steep
CARLSBAD - The newest weapon in the war on drought in California has arrived, an engineering marvel that will harvest drinking water from the ocean on a scale never before seen in the Western Hemisphere.

Monday, December 7, 2015
Request to pump water from Hillsborough wilderness preserve sinkhole heads for approval
TAMPA — The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is poised to approve a request to pump up to 3.9 million gallons of water per day from a sinkhole in the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
A 90-foot deep sinkhole closes Hillsborough park and fixing it will be complicated
LUTZ — A popular Hillsborough County park was closed indefinitely Wednesday after engineers discovered a sinkhole 90 feet deep and 6 feet wide.

Sunday, November 15, 2015
New Swiftmud Water Plan Reflects Advances In Conservation
Tuesday the Southwest Florida Water Management District will adopt its latest regional water supply plan.

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Palmer: Planning in a changing water environment a challenge
Tuesday the Southwest Florida Water Management District is expected to adopt its latest regional water supply plan.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
California Desalination Plant Online in Next 30 Days
As Carlsbad’s $1 billion desalination plant is about to go online in the next 30 days, residents can look forward to paying for huge water subsidies to a private company for the next 30 years.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Our View: A new desalination plant could influence Texas' water supply
Texas lawmakers and elected officials will be playing close attention to the success of a to a seawater desalination plant that will open next year in southern California.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Request to help Hillsborough River with water pumped from sinkhole raises concerns
TAMPA — On this everyone seems to agree: It's good to make sure there's enough water flowing in the Hillsborough River to keep it from becoming so salty that it stresses fish and other wildlife.

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Is Manatee County's Long-Term Water Outlook as Rosy as It Claims?
BRADENTON — At Tuesday's BOCC meeting, Manatee County Commissioners were delivered a presentation by Water Division Manager Mark Simpson.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Fitch Rates St. Petersburg, FL's Utility Revs 'AA'; Outlook Stable
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the following St. Petersburg, FL (the city) revenue bonds:
--Approximately $30 million public utility revenue bonds, series 2015.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Moody's assigns Aa2 to City of St. Petersburg, FL's Public Utility Revenue Bonds; outlook is stable
Issue: Public Utility Revenue Bonds, Series 2015; Rating: Aa2; Sale Amount: $29,100,000; Expected Sale Date: 11/4/2015; Rating

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Tampa Bay Water offers mini-grants
CLEARWATER - Tampa Bay Water is offering $20,000 in mini-grants to fund events and projects sponsored by local community groups, non-profit groups, schools and universities that promote protection of our region’s drinking water sources.

Thursday, October 8, 2015
County seeks to replenish wetlands in central Pasco
The county's utilities services is working to build 200 acres of wetlands on 4G Ranch in central Pasco to disperse up to 5 million gallons a day of treated wastewater.

Sunday, October 4, 2015
CSX's offer finally opens the door to commuter rail in Tampa Bay
There are 97 miles of railroad track connecting the downtowns of Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa.

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Inflated Pasco water bills remain a mystery even after audit
NEW PORT RICHEY — After spending thousands of dollars investigating complaints, Pasco County utilities staff members say they still have no idea why 363 customers received seemingly inflated water bills last year.

Saturday, September 5, 2015
Tampa Bay Community Water Wise award winners named
The Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards, sponsored by Tampa Bay Water, recognizes individuals and businesses committed to conserving water resources and protecting the environment by using Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles.

Monday, August 10, 2015
Polk water summit 1st step in forming countywide municipal cooperative
HAINES CITY | Forming a countywide municipal water cooperative could avoid the mistakes officials in other parts of Florida have made and provide adequate water for everyone, a crowd of elected officials was told Monday during Polk County’s first- ever water summit.

Monday, August 3, 2015
Confused by all this rain? Relax. We have answers.
In the Bible, Noah dealt with 40 days and nights of rain by building an ark. Tuesday will mark 20 days of liquid sunshine for Tampa Bay.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Tarpon Springs launches new water treatment system
Tarpon Springs is the latest Tampa Bay area community turning to an alternative water treatment system to ensure that residents have a safe, affordable supply of drinking water far into the future.

Monday, July 20, 2015
Tampa Bay Water to receive $1.25 million in BP settlement
CLEARWATER - With a vote of 7-0, Tampa Bay Water’s board of directors accepted $1.25 million July 13 in a settlement and release of claims against BP Oil and related entities for economic damages incurred by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Monday, July 13, 2015
Pinellas County, city of Clearwater approve Deepwater Horizon settlements
Nearly two weeks after petroleum giant BP agreed to a $3.3 billion settlement with Florida, various settlement amounts are finally trickling in for Gulf Coast cities and counties that filed claims.

Friday, June 26, 2015
Let your landscaping go native!
For the final post in a 5-part series on Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards, we are going to get down to the root of the issue – literally.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Rain, rain, don’t go away … save it for another day
The old rhyme “April showers bring May flowers,” doesn’t work so well here in central Florida.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Polk Commissioners OK 2 Swiftmud Agreements
BARTOW | Polk County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve two agreements with the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Monday, June 22, 2015
Tampa Bay Water Board approves 2016 budget
CLEARWATER - For the fifth consecutive year, Tampa Bay Water’s board of directors approved the agency’s fiscal year budget with no wholesale rate increase.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Tampa Bay Water Passes 2016 Budget
For the fifth consecutive year, Tampa Bay Water’s board of directors approved the agency’s fiscal year budget with no wholesale rate increase.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Smart irrigation techniques save water
As you’ve probably heard by now, the Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards is a program offered by Tampa Bay Water...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The right plant in the right place
Recently, Tampa Bay Water told you about the Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards, a program that recognizes those homeowners...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Tampa Bay area cities drink up innovative water solutions
Tampa Bay isn’t experiencing the record-setting drought that is straining resources in California.

Monday, June 1, 2015
Tampa Bay SWRO plant update
When Tampa Bay Water began development of its seawater desalination plant in the late 1990s, its mandate was to reduce the amount of groundwater pumped from aquifers.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Water utilities sponsor drought-friendly landscape competitions
Several U.S. water utilities are sponsoring competitions for the best drought-tolerant landscape, with some offering prizes beyond bragging rights, such as extra rebates and more.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Parched Southwest looks closely at turning salt water into fresh water
(CNN)-It's not just California. Droughts are sapping precious water supplies all across America's southwest.

Monday, May 25, 2015
Pinellas Utilities celebrates 80th birthday
CLEARWATER – County Commissioners proclaimed May 19 as Pinellas County Day in celebration of the Utilities Department’s 80th birthday.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Tampa Bay Water shares videos about award-winning yards
CLEARWATER - Is your landscaping the envy of the neighborhood – not just because of its beauty, but also because it is Florida-friendly and water-efficient?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Final hearing on water and sewer rates set for May 19
CLEARWATER – The second and final public hearing on new rates for water, sewer and reclaimed water is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, 6 p.m., in the fifth floor Assembly Room of the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Clearwater.

Monday, May 4, 2015
Pinellas water rate increases to be discussed at two hearings
CLEARWATER — Water and sewer rates in Pinellas County will increase slightly over the next four years as part of a plan the County Commission will consider today.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Water, water everywhere; Especially the Gulf of Mexico
AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers are poised to clear regulatory obstacles to building Gulf of Mexico desalination plants, but experts say turning on the tap for a thirsty state will come at a cost.

Sunday, April 19, 2015
Tampa looking at long-variety project to turn reclaimed water into drinking water
TAMPA — To develop, Tampa requires water.8 Months Agofive Months Ago2 Months AgoTo get much more of it, the city is searching at 60 million gallons of reclaimed water a day that it now discharges into Tampa Bay.

Sunday, April 19, 2015
Tampa looking at long-range project to turn reclaimed water into drinking water
To get more of it, the city is looking at 60 million gallons of reclaimed water a day that it now discharges into Tampa Bay.

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Awards season open for water-thrifty landscapes
CLEARWATER – Tampa Bay Water, in partnership with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences County Extension Offices and Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program, is now accepting applications for the 2015 Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Pinellas seeks answers in years-old tax dispute
CLEARWATER – Pinellas County Commissioners gave the go ahead, 6-0, April 7, to seek the court’s help in resolving a tax issue with the Pasco County Property Appraiser.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Pinellas might seek ruling on land tax imposed by Pasco
CLEARWATER — A standoff between Pinellas and Pasco counties regarding a property tax bill on well fields Pinellas owns might need to be resolved by a judge.

Sunday, April 5, 2015
Our approach to water is all wrong
For decades, California has worked to transform its natural desert landscape into an oasis for major cities, agriculture and industry.

Friday, April 3, 2015
Awards Season Open for Water-Thrifty Landscapes
Tampa Bay Water, in partnership with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) County Extension Offices and Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, is now accepting applications for the 2015 Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards.

Monday, March 30, 2015
Fitch Rates Tampa Bay Water, FL's Utility System Revs 'AA+'; Outlook Stable
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the following Tampa Bay Water, A Regional Water Supply Authority, FL (TBW, or the authority) revenue bonds:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
TBW’s reservoir full ahead of schedule
CLEARWATER - The Tampa Bay region’s wet winter means good news for its drinking water supply.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Regional reservoir finally full, just in time for dry season
The C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir is within six inches of water from it's capacity.

Friday, January 23, 2015
What Tampa Bay Water credit reports say about the local economy
Two credit rating agencies are highlighting Tampa Bay's economic strengths, in reports issued in advance of a $293 million bond sale by Tampa Bay Water.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Fitch Rates Tampa Bay Water, FL's Utility System Revs 'AA+'; Outlook Stable
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the following Tampa Bay Water, A Regional Water Supply Authority, FL

Friday, January 9, 2015
Fitch Affirms Tampa Bay Water, FL's Utility System Revs at 'AA+'; Outlook Stable
The bonds are secured by a pledge of TBW's net revenues, which include the moneys received from rates, fees, rentals, and other income collected for use of the water system.

Monday, December 1, 2014
Renovated Regional Reservoir Gets Green Light To Resume Normal Operations
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection gave the green light for Tampa Bay Water (TBW) to fill the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir to capacity and to use the stored water as needed.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Susan Latvala leaves local government after 22 years of issues, controversy
For one of the last times, Susan Latvala took in the view from her fifth-floor office in the Pinellas County Courthouse.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Tampa Bay Water's reservoir cleared to be filled back up again
Tampa Bay Water's 15.5-billion gallon regional reservoir, which was drained for repairs, is once again fully operational.

Thursday, November 5, 2014
C.W. Bill Young Reservoir to test emergency sirens
LITHIA — Sirens will blare from the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir on Wednesday morning as Tampa Bay Water tests its emergency alert system.

Friday, October 17, 2014
Pasco to hire second lobbyist for water issues
NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County is poised to double its lobbying presence in Tallahassee by hiring Ralph Lair, the legislative aide to outgoing Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford.

Friday, October 14, 2014
Tampa Bay Water - Source Water Protection Mini-Grant Applications Accepted
Tampa Bay Water is offering $20,000 in mini-grants to help fund projects and events sponsored by local community groups, non-profit groups, schools and universities that help promote protection of the region’s drinking water sources.

Monday, September 29, 2014
Repaired Tampa Bay Water reservoir half refilled
The C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir in Hillsborough County was up to about 7.3 billion gallons of water last week, a Tampa Bay Water spokesman said.

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Repaired Tampa Bay Water reservoir half refilled
The C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir in Hillsborough County was up to about 7.3 billion gallons of water last week, a Tampa Bay Water spokesman said.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
$129 million in repairs later, reservoir finally starting to fill up
TAMPA — Residents of the bay area soon will finally begin to see a return on the tens of millions of dollars they paid to repair a reservoir that began leaking shortly after it was built.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Water finally flowing again at Bay area reservoir
TAMPA -- Crews have started filling the reservoir that serves the Bay area's water needs

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Tampa Bay Water's Cracked Reservoir Rebuilt and Ready for Refilling
Two years after a federal jury denied Tampa Bay Water (TBW) damages for cracks at its then-six-year-old, Lithia, Fla., reservoir, the regional water supplier is eyeing better days as a $129-million renovation nears completion.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
'Robust' Rebuild Designed to Deliver Reservoir 2.0
Along the curving road leading up to Tampa Bay Water's $129-million reservoir renovation project in Lithia, Fla., signs implore crews to work safely and deliver quality work.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Dispute muddles sale of Cross Bar land
CLEARWATER — Pinellas County bought the Cross Bar and Al Bar ranches in Pasco County during the so-called “water wars” of the 1970s and ’80s, when counties and cities scrambled to secure access to drinking water.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Water supply holds out during reservoir revamp
TAMPA — Another dry season is upon the Tampa area, and once again water managers will have to make do without the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Tampa Water Supply Holding Up During Reservoir Revamp
March 01--TAMPA -- Another dry season is upon the Tampa area, and once again water managers will have to make do without the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir.

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Pinellas not keen on selling ‘water war’ properties
CLEARWATER — Pasco County Commissioner Ted Schrader traveled to Clearwater on Tuesday hoping to persuade Pinellas commissioners to sell the Cross Bar and Al Bar ranches back to Pasco County.

Sunday, November 3, 2013
Tampa Bay Water Pays $21M, Ends Court Case of C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir
After a nearly eight-year battle, half of which has been unfolding as a court-room drama, the case of the cracked soil-cement at the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir in Lithia has come to an end...

Monday, October 21, 2013
Tampa Bay Water to pay $21 million to reservoir designer
The legal fight began more than three years ago after large cracks began appearing in the 15.5 billion-gallon reservoir, but a federal jury in April 2012 ruled the firm’s design was not defective.

Monday, October 21, 2013
Tampa Bay Water votes to settle reservoir suit, pay engineers $21 million in legal fees
After losing both at trial and on appeal, Tampa Bay Water's board voted 8-0 Monday to end its pursuit of damages from the engineering company that designed its flawed 15.5 billion gallon reservoir.

Monday, September 23, 2013
Federal court hearing on water rules set for Tuesday as Putnam calls for 'victory lap'
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says Floridians should enjoy a "victory lap" on the issue of federal water quality, but an attorney representing environmental groups suggests the state has nothing to celebrate.

Monday, September 23, 2013
Appeals court rejects Tampa Bay Water's bid to overturn decision in reservoir suit
A federal appeals court has turned down Tampa Bay Water's latest effort to blame problems at its 15.5 billion gallon reservoir on HDR, the company that built it.

Monday, September 23, 2013
Tampa Bay Water loses appeal over leaky reservoir
Tampa Bay Water has lost again in court in its attempt to recoup costs associated with a leaky reservoir.

Monday, September 23, 2013
Appeals court rejects Tampa Bay Water's bid to overturn decision in reservoir suit
A federal appeals court has turned down Tampa Bay Water's latest effort to blame problems at its 15.5 billion gallon reservoir on HDR, the company that built it.

Monday, August 19, 2013
Commission divided on sale of land to Pasco County
CLEARWATER – Pinellas County has many good traits that appeal to residents and visitors alike, but it does not have a plentiful source of drinking water. Never has.

Friday, August 16, 2013
Editorial: Water conservation program worth saving
The regional water supplier has wisely recognized the merits of a conservation program abandoned by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Tampa Bay Water may pick up full tab for counties' Florida Friendly Landscaping program
Last month, the Southwest Florida Water Management District abruptly cut off funding for the Florida Friendly Landscaping program, leaving 16 counties scrambling for a quick replacement.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Pinellas commissioners split over Cross Bar Ranch sale
Pasco County's bid to buy back over 12,000 acres of undeveloped land met with a mixed reaction from Pinellas commissioners Tuesday, half of whom said they weren't prepared to sell.

Sunday, August 4, 2013
Pasco seeks to buy back Cross Bar Ranch from Pinellas, bought during water wars
The 12,400 acres in question, known as the Cross Bar Ranch, sit in the heart of central Pasco, east of U.S. 41 and north of State Road 52.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Wawa ends effort to build on Seffner site
SEFFNER — Seffner residents hoping to experience the latest Wawa convenience store expansion in the Florida market will have to travel a little farther to taste built-to-order hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee and hot breakfast sandwiches.

Sunday, July 28, 2013
Oxygen Bubbles In Your Tap Water? Forget That, Does It Taste Better?
Tiny bubbles making your tap water appear cloudy? Don't worry, the water is safe to drink and taste and smell have improved, says Tampa Bay Water.

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Community Invited To Help Plan For Future Water Supply
Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) - Tampa Bay Water is seeking community input on the region’s future drinking water supply as it updates its Long-Term Master Water Plan.

Sunday, July 21, 2013
Improvements Mean Better-Tasting Water For Customers
A new hydrogen sulfide removal facility is now online at the Lithia Water Treatment Plant.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Recent rains might not mean looser water restrictions, experts say
All the rain dumped on Pasco County this summer could provide some benefits besides just cleaning your car.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Lynn Good Named Duke Energy CEO in Pact with State Regulators; Tampa Bay Water Gets New GM
Lynn Good has been elevated to president and CEO of Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy, the largest U.S. electric utility.

Monday, June 17, 2013
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Matt Jordan leaving after five-year CFPUA stint
Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Chief Executive Officer Matt Jordan is leaving for Florida after leading the authority since its consolidation five years ago.

Monday, June 17, 2013
Tampa Bay Water approves hire of new chief executive
Matthew Jordan is the new chief executive of Tampa Bay Water.

Monday, June 17, 2013
Florida board OKs hiring of CEO of CFPUA
Matt Jordan, CEO of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, now officially has a new job.

Monday, June 17, 2013
CFPUA's Jordan hired as general manager of Tampa Bay Water
Matt Jordan, CEO of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, is headed to Tampa Bay, Fla., following a unanimous vote of approval from the area's water utility board this morning.

Monday, June 17, 2013
CFPUA's Jordan hired to lead Florida utility
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The only leader the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has ever known is heading to the Sunshine State.

Monday, June 17, 2013
CEO retires from CFPUA, takes GM position in Tampa Bay
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – CFPUA CEO Matthew W. Jordan, P.E. will soon retire from the company and take another position in Tampa Bay.

Sunday, June 16, 2013
Editorial: Experienced new chief for Tampa Bay Water
Matthew Jordan will have a full plate when he moves from North Carolina this summer to become the new chief executive of Tampa Bay Water.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
EPA Water Infrastructure Survey Reveals Little About Utilities' Climate Readiness
Every four years, as required by Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sends a survey to water utilities asking them to assess their infrastructure plans for the next two decades.

Friday, May 24, 2013
The US is a water hog - scientists say conservation is a must
People in the United States use about twice as much water as other countries.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
CEO of CFPUA accepts job in Florida
The Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority could soon be leaving his post.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Utility authority CEO Jordan accepts position in Tampa
The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority's inaugural chief executive officer is likely moving to Florida.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
CFPUA CEO accepts job in Florida
The CEO of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has accepted a job offer in Tampa Bay, Fla., that region's water utility announced this week.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
CFPUA's CEO tapped as general manager for FL water agency
CLEARWATER, FL (WECT) – The Cape Fear Public Utility's Chief Executive Officer, Matt Jordan, has been offered a position in Florida as the new general manager for Tampa Bay Water, according to a news release from a Tampa Bay Water spokesperson.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
FIRST ON 3: CFPUA chief offered job in Florida
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The only leader the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has ever have may be on the way out.

Monday, May 20, 2013
New Tampa Bay Water manager hails from North Carolina
CLEARWATER — If the Tampa Bay Water board approves his contract, the new general manager of the wholesale utility serving Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties will be Matthew Jordan, an engineer from North Carolina.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Entries needed for Water-Wise Awards program
CLEARWATER - Tampa Bay Water is accepting applications for the 15th annual Community Water-Wise Awards program.

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Is Your Lawn Award Worthy?
Tampa Bay Water is looking for the most attractive landscaping that's also water efficient. Does yours have what it takes to win?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
2013: The Year of Public-Private Partnerships
If the first four months of the year are any indication, we may look back on 2013 as the year of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

Sunday, April 21, 2013
Tampa Bay Water asks public to reduce water use
CLEARWATER - Tampa Bay Water officials are asking the public to reduce water use as much as possible.

Monday, April 15, 2013
April declared Water Conservation Month for state of Florida
CLEARWATER, Fla. — April is historically one of the driest months of the year in Florida, and as temperatures climb, so does water use, according to a press release.

Sunday, April 7, 2013
Students learn importance of wetlands at education center
LAND O' LAKES - Dominic Sala was about to make an exciting find and didn't even realize it. The 12-year-old River Ridge Middle seventh-grader leaned over a wooden walkway that juts partially into a lake at Cross Bar Ranch, home to an environmental education center where Pasco students learn about the water so crucial to life in Florida.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Stop the pumping madness
With regard to the recent SWFMD approvals and applications for ground water extraction for industrial users in Citrus County, there needs to be a time when enough is enough.

Monday, March 11, 2013
Watering restrictions start earlier as huge reservoir remains offline in Hillsborough County
LITHIA, Fla. - By mid-week, brand-new -- stricter -- watering restrictions will be in place for Hillsborough and Pinellas County residents

Friday, March 8, 2013
District Increases Water Restrictions in Tampa Bay Area
Due to below normal rainfall, reduced river levels and increasing water supply concerns, the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board voted to increase water restrictions...

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Tampa Bay reservoir $129 million renovation ramping up (VIDEO)
Tampa Bay Water's regional reservoir is just shy of 8 years old and heavy machinery is now ripping apart its inner walls to begin the process of repairing and preventing widespread cracking.

Monday, March 4, 2013
Utilities unite to try to stop climate change from shrinking water supply
It's now a common nightmare for Florida's water utilities: An endless drought takes hold, the weather turns persistently hotter and rising sea levels poison underground wells with salt. So just as the warmer weather boosts demand for water, the supply of water shrinks.

Sunday, March 3, 2013
Water Plant Project Prompts Call For Conservation in Central, South Hillsborough County March 3-9
Hillsborough County water customers in the south and central part of the county are being asked to limit non-essential water use next week in order to help meet demand while major construction work takes place at the Lithia Water Treatment Plant.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
As Reservoir Redo Starts, Tampa Bay Water Seeks New Leader
Gerald Seeber, the Tampa Bay Water general manager who urged the utility to pursue an expensive and as-yet unsuccessful lawsuit against HDR Engineering over cracking at its reservoir, has told the group he is seeking employment elsewhere.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
New Port Richey Water Restrictions Change Little Under New Plan
When the Southwest Florida Water Management District enacts Phase III watering restrictions March 13, customers of the City of New Port Richey aren't likely to notice too many changes.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Water restrictions take effect March 13
Blame it on the weather. Phase III water restrictions begin March 13 in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
District increases water restrictions in Bay area
Tampa Bay, Florida -- Due to below normal rainfall, reduced river levels and increasing water supply concerns, the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board voted Tuesday to increase water restrictions in the Tampa Bay area.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
St. Petersburg mayor: Tampa's water troubles wouldn't happen here
ST. PETERSBURG — It wouldn't happen here. That's what St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster said Tuesday about Tampa's water problems last weekend.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Water Restrictions Increased in Tampa Bay Area
Despite the rains and heavy storms driving through the area today, it's not enough to keep the underground aquifer filled.

Tuessday, February 26, 2013
Tighter water restrictions starting next month for Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas
HILLSBOROUGH/PINELLAS/PINELLAS -- Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties have been battling dry conditions and seemingly nonstop brush fire in the last two months and according to the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the lack of rain is a key player.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Swiftmud imposes once-a-week watering restrictions in Tampa Bay counties
Residents and businesses in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties will be restricted to watering lawns once a week starting in March under new sprinkling limits imposed Tuesday by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Reservoir Repairs are under way
TAMPA (FOX 13) -Customers of Tampa Bay Water can expect to see their bills increase because of the controversial reservoir in South Hillsborough County.

Monday, February 18, 2013
Tampa Bay Water general manager to leave utility
CLEARWATER — Gerald Seeber, who has been in charge of running Tampa Bay Water for five years, is ready to move on from what he once called "a really cool job."

Monday, February 18, 2013
Pinellas, Hillsborough could see tighter watering restrictions
CLEARWATER — Below-normal rainfall over the winter and the need to drain its reservoir for repairs led Tampa Bay Water officials Monday to urge tighter restrictions on lawn watering throughout the region for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Water restrictions possibly on the way
TAMPA (FOX 13) -Get ready for tougher watering restrictions. Tampa Bay Water officials say the lack of rain and the drained reservoir is causing a lack of water.

Friday, November 16, 2012
2012 Water-Wise Award winners reap lush rewards in Lutz
Enameled metal thrift-store colanders — the ultimate in great drainage — serve as hanging baskets. Citronella and Surinam cherry provide, respectively, natural mosquito control and...

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