Public Utilities

What we do

The Public Utilities team provides drinking water and wastewater treatment service to unincorporated Hillsborough County. The department manages four water treatment plants, five wastewater treatment plants, a bio-solids facility, and administrative and field support facilities.

Public Utilities services are provided through two groups: Water Resources and Environmental Management.

Water Resources

  • Provides operation for water and wastewater treatment facilities
  • Provides water quality control, maintenance, management, and engineering for water, wastewater, and reclaimed water infrastructure
  • Provides planning, design, and construction of capital improvement program projects for water, wastewater, and reclaimed water
  • Provides utility customer service and billing

Environmental Management

  • Maintains regulatory compliance for environmentally permitted, County-owned infrastructure
  • Provides environmental sampling and laboratory testing for the water and wastewater systems
  • Provides environmental community outreach and customer programs for water conservation, stormwater protection, and preventing wastewater system blockages from fats, oils, grease, wipes, and other unflushables

The numbers reflected below are based on the end of the fiscal year, which for Hillsborough County, ends on September 30th each year.

Frequently requested services and information

Sewer and Water Line Protection

Important Links

Water and Sewer

Customer Resources

Request a Leak Adjustment

By the Numbers

Potable Water System

  FY 19
Number of Connections 179,978
Square Miles of Service Area 274
Miles of Distribution Piping 2,484
Number of Potable Water Treatment Plants 4
Number of Pump Stations 5
Million Gallons of Water Used per Day 55.9

Wastewater System

  FY 19
Number of Connections 171,009
Square Miles of Service Area 294
Miles of Forcemain Piping 753
Miles of Gravity Piping 1,482
Number of Lift Stations 822
Number of Low Pressure Pump Stations 1,342
Number of Wastewater Treatment Plants 7
Million Gallons of Wastewater Collected per Day 35.8

Reclaimed Water System

  FY 19
Number of Connections 18,365
Square Miles of Service Area 286
Miles of Distribution Piping 377
Number of Pump Stations 18
Million Gallons of Water Used per Day 23.0

Contact us

Address: 925 E. Twiggs Street
Tampa, FL 33602 

Water Resources Department Director: Beth Schinella

Environmental Management Division Director: Kevin Moran

Phone: (813) 272-5977