source water protection
Clean, safe drinking water starts at the source.
Clean, safe drinking water doesn’t start at the tap — it starts at the source.
Because our region depends on surface and groundwater for most of our water supply, it is important to safeguard those sources from pollution and contamination.
Surface water, which will make up nearly half of our water supply by 2012, is present above the ground and includes lakes, rivers, streams, creeks, seas and oceans. Groundwater is below the ground and includes underground aquifers.
Tampa Bay Water is dedicated to protecting the quality of the public’s source water. Doing so ensures the protection of public health, the environment and the public’s investment. It also ensures clean, safe water sources for future generations.