Diversification of Water Sources Helps Region Meet Long-term Water Needs

A history of overuse of groundwater resources in the 1970s and 1980s seriously stressed the aquifer in the Tampa Bay region. In the late 1990s, the counties and cities in Tampa Bay area joined a unique water sharing alliance to diversify the water supply and reduce dependence on the aquifer while also promoting water conservation. Today, the region's water supply includes groundwater, as well as surface water stored in resevoirs like the 15 billion gallon C.W. Bill Young Reservoir and from the new Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination plant, the largest in the U.S.

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