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Posted on: May 8, 2017

The Southwest Florida Water Management District Declares a Modified Phase I Water Shortage

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has declared a Modified Phase I water shortage for its 16-county district, which includes our service area. The primary purpose of the declaration is to notice the public that watering restrictions could be forthcoming. Your utility departments have begun communicating with residents on local watering restrictions. 

Tampa Bay Water’s service area is in a Stage I drought alert, which is the first indication of a potential water shortage condition. In a Stage I, there is a shortage of rainfall and/or stream flows that can lead to more severe conditions. We anticipate continued dry conditions and could declare a Stage II drought warning by June.  

Tampa Bay Water is well positioned to respond to these drought conditions and increased demand for water, without harming the environment: 

  • The reservoir is about half full, which is more than enough to supply our surface water treatment plant until the summer rainy season typically begins.
  • We are operating our seawater desalination plant between 15-18 million gallons per day and can increase production if needed.
  • Our groundwater production is well below the 12-month running average required by permit.

Please see the full Water Shortage Restrictions at or

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