Pinellas County Utilities’ customers receive potable (drinking) water from sources managed by the regional water supplier, Tampa Bay Water. Tampa Bay Water’s system is a unique and complex water supply system that is reliable and sustainable.
It’s not only unique to Florida; it’s unlike any other water supply system in the nation because it blends river water, desalinated seawater and groundwater.
The treatment facility is indicated as "TBW-WTP" in orange on the map.
- Eleven different wellfields pumping water from the Floridan Aquifer are the primary sources for the regional groundwater supply.
- The Alafia River, Hillsborough River, C. W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir, and the Tampa Bypass Canal are the primary sources for the regional treated surface water supply.
- Hillsborough Bay is the primary source of seawater for the regional desalinated supply.
Water Service Areas Map
- The blended water provided by Tampa Bay Water is treated with a polyphosphate inhibitor to control corrosion. The groundwater acquired from the Eldridge-Wilde Wellfield undergoes water quality enhancements that are comprised of four steps. First, the water goes through a hydrogen sulfide removal process. Hydrogen sulfide is a natural element that has a displeasing odor. A polyphosphate inhibitor is then added to control corrosion in the distribution system and home plumbing. Next, a chemical disinfectant, chloramines, is added to the water to guard against bacteria. Lastly, the pH (acid-alkali) is adjusted and stabilized using sodium hydroxide.
- The Keller Water Treatment Facility is responsible for the treatment and distribution of approximately 50-55 million gallons per day (MGD) of potable (drinking) water for more than 900,000 residents and visitors of Pinellas County.
- Consumer Confidence Report on Water Quality