Our health, economy and way of life all depend on clean, safe drinking water, and Tampa Bay Water fills that need for more than 2.3 million people and businesses in the region.
We recognize the importance of our mission — that is why in 2014 we continued to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the work we do and plan for the future of our water supply, through:
Thanks to the strong leadership and vision of our board of directors, and the dedication and hard work of Tampa Bay Water staff, we are proud to say that there are many more achievements to follow in this year in review.
After nearly two years of construction, the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir is back online and once again providing water to the Tampa Bay region. Water stored in the reservoir makes the region’s water supply more drought resistant and reliable.
The reservoir was taken offline for renovation in February 2013. The renovation included adding a drainage system to alleviate the build-up of water pressure and adding thicker, stronger soil-cement, along with a toe buttress that adds weight to the bottom of the embankment. In November 2014, Tampa Bay Water received approval to place the facility into full operations, which allows the agency to fill and drain as needed.
Tampa Bay Water is always planning for the future and, in 2014, the agency began updating its Long-Term Master Water Plan. The five-year process includes activities such as assessing future demand projections, updating inventory of agency facilities, defining sustainable levels of service, completing analysis of the existing seven project concepts, and performing public outreach.
The agency also began updating its long-term demand forecasting models to ensure accurate water needs are defined. The updated models include incorporating the benefits of water use efficiencies, compiling and updating previous data for the project concepts, modeling system hydraulic and emergency needs, evaluating changes in regulatory requirements and treatment technologies, reviewing permits and more.
Throughout 2014, Tampa Bay Water worked on implementing an asset management program to ensure the long-term sustainability of our systems and services. The program is supported by Tampa Bay Water’s employees, who are the agency’s most valuable assets.
The new asset management program, RISE, which stands for Resilient Infrastructure, Systems & Employees, aims to:
Tampa Bay Water launched a new computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), IBM Maximo, in December 2014. This new software program ensures that the agency’s facility maintenance management program is efficient, and helps the agency maintain a highly reliable system.
The new CMMS allows maintenance staff to work smarter by streamlining workflows and generating data that managers can use to make better decisions about agency assets. The agency has improved its ability to reduce equipment breakdowns, reduce paper use and improve communication by automating maintenance notifications, schedules and work logs.
A joint project between Tampa Bay Water and Pinellas County is nearly complete and will provide the County with more consistent water quality and reduce long-term operations and maintenance costs.
The project included modifying Pinellas County’s points of connection to the regional system and the Eldridge-Wilde Wellfield, improvements to the Eldridge-Wilde Hydrogen Sulfide Removal Facility, and blending the two supplies to ensure the County and its customers receive uniform quality water. Final construction is scheduled for completion in early 2015.
Tampa Bay Water’s ongoing Cypress Creek Wellfield Surface Water Improvements Project routes excess surface water on the wellfield property to drier areas of nearby wetlands. Five wetlands will benefit from the enhancements, and the project also has the potential to alleviate some nuisance flooding in adjacent residential subdivisions.
The state funded $208,600 as part of its 2014 budget, which represents 100 percent of the construction costs to make the drainage modifications at the Cypress Creek Wellfield.
In 2014, Tampa Bay Water awarded four, $5,000 mini-grants that funded projects and events managed by Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Keep Pasco Beautiful and Friends of Brooker Creek. These mini-grants helped fund projects and events to promote protection of the region’s drinking water sources.
2014 marked the 20th year of funding the Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties’ Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ programs. Tampa Bay Water provided $404,500 to the conservation efforts, which focused on increasing water use efficiency within the tri-county region.
The program taught homeowners, businesses and schools how to improve water efficiency in the landscape, conserve water, reduce storm water runoff and reduce nutrients flowing into waterways.
Florida Friendly Landscaping™ operates under the Center for Landscape Conservation & Ecology, a part of the University of Florida Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Extension.
With the goal to have residents “water smarter,” Tampa Bay Water launched a conservation campaign to raise awareness of watering restrictions and promote ways to save water outdoors during Water Conservation Month.
Tampa Bay area water use spikes in April, May and early June — the driest months of the year for the region. Those spikes are attributed to lawn watering. The “water smarter” campaign helped citizens learn how they can save water by watering only when their landscape needs it and to avoid irrigation violation fines by knowing their watering days.
For the 16th consecutive year, Tampa Bay Water and its members recognized individuals and businesses that are committed to conserving our water resources and protecting the environment by using the best in attractive, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles, as well as irrigation systems or techniques that minimize water waste. Recipients of the Community Water Wise Awards have created landscapes that represent the beauty and resiliency of Central Florida’s natural environment.
Tampa Bay Water said a fond farewell to Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala, who served on the Tampa Bay Water board from January 2001 to November 2014.
During her 13 years on the board, Commissioner Latvala worked tirelessly to implement regional solutions that protect the region’s environment and economy. We thank her for her commitment to regionalism, and her leadership and dedication to public service.
Since the board approved Tampa Bay Water’s strategic plan in 2011, the agency re-organized in 2012, hired new leadership in 2013 and implemented an asset management program in 2014.
To ensure the agency’s goals and objectives embrace its organizational changes, while still aligning with its mission and vision, the agency updated its strategic plan in 2014. The goals remain consistent with the previous plan while the objectives and strategies are now more measurable.
The strategic plan goals are:
Ensuring the safety of Tampa Bay Water employees, providing safe drinking water and securing our facilities is a priority in everything we do.
In 2014, Tampa Bay Water began a full evaluation of the agency safety and security program, including:
Since 2011, Tampa Bay Water has focused on improving energy efficiency through its Energy Management Program to keep costs down and protect the environment. Tampa Bay Water has conducted energy audits at several facilities, explored commercial power rebate and incentive programs, as well as planned and implemented capital improvement projects aimed at reducing energy use. To date, these efforts have reduced Tampa Bay Water’s annual energy use by nearly eight million kilowatt hours and saved the region nearly $900,000 each year.
For the third year in a row, the Tampa Bay Regional Surface Water Treatment Plant was selected to receive a Plant Operations Excellence Award from the Department of Environmental Protection in recognition of outstanding treatment plant operation, maintenance and compliance.
This project is a team effort undertaken by Tampa Bay Water, the Water Research Foundation, Veolia Water and Carollo Engineers to understand how biofiltration at Tampa Bay Water’s regional surface water treatment plant can enhance water quality, treatment and hydraulic performance. This project looks at ways to use biofiltration to improve taste and odor, lower levels of regulated disinfection byproducts, decrease chemical usage and decrease energy usage.
Tampa Bay Water continued to support research on the impacts of climate variability on Florida utilities. As part of the Water Utility Climate Alliance and founding members of the Florida Water & Climate Alliance, Tampa Bay Water helped produce actionable research: data, analysis and forecasts that are predictive and can support decision making.
Tampa Bay Water participated on the Climate Adaptation Science Panel spearheaded by Pinellas County. The goal of this group was to encourage and support local governments in their efforts to plan for a changing climate through a collaborative process.
In partnership with the Water Research Foundation, this project assesses how water demand was affected by the recent recession, evaluates how economic shocks can be differentiated from the many other factors known to have an impact on demand, and analyzes how water utilities may be better able to anticipate, adapt to and minimize impacts of future economic cycles on water demand planning. Tampa Bay Water is one of two research partners for this project.
In partnership with the Water Research Foundation, this ongoing project focuses on identifying and developing communication strategies and specific messages that utilities can use to gain support during their rate approval process, and complementing these communication strategies and messages with a set of scalable and ready-to-use products to support utilities and governing boards throughout this process.
Tampa Bay Water is a not-for-profit agency whose financial structure is maintained through the sale of water to our member governments. Tampa Bay Water maintains an AA+ and Aa1 credit rating with rating agencies and receives an unqualified opinion on financial statements year after year.
Bond Issue Costs: $622,906
Water Capacity Rights: $318,058,360
Current Assets: $15,854,469
Restricted Assets: $210,652,408
Non-current Investments: $64,491,004
Capital Assets: $1,304,896,148
Loss on Disposal of Capital Assets: $4,689,285
Interest Expense: $47,613,797
Depreciation Expense: $24,836,437
Operating Expenses: $63,694,839
For the fourth consecutive year, Tampa Bay Water’s board of directors approved a budget with no rate increase. The wholesale rate for water remains at $2.56 per 1,000 gallons (a quarter of a cent for a gallon).
For the fifth consecutive year, Tampa Bay Water was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
The agency was acknowledged for satisfying nationally recognized guidelines and for how well its 2013 Fiscal Year Budget served as a policy document, financial plan, communications device and an operations guide.
Participating in the program helped the agency ensure transparent communications with its member governments and stakeholders with regard to its budget.
Tampa Bay Water’s water supply system is unique and complex — unlike any other water supply system in the nation because it blends river water, desalinated seawater and groundwater.
In 2014, Tampa Bay Water delivered an average of 157 million gallons per day to our six member governments.
|City of Tampa:||0 MGD|
|City of New Port Richey:||2.87 MGD|
|Pasco County:||24.53 MGD|
|City of St. Petersburg:||27.7 MGD|
|Pinellas County:||50.94 MGD|
|Hillsborough County:||50.98 MGD|
Tampa Bay Water is a wholesale drinking water supplier that serves Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa. We supply water to more than 2.3 million people through the governments we serve.
We are a non-profit, special district of the State of Florida created to plan, develop and deliver a high-quality drinking water supply, and we work to protect our water supply sources.
Our board of directors is comprised of two elected officials from each member county and one elected official from each member city. Tampa Bay Water is often cited as a model of regional cooperation, thanks to the spirit of regionalism that created the utility, as well as the continuous regional efforts of our board of directors.