Tampa Water Department Conversion to Temporarily Affect Some Hillsborough County Water Customers

Hillsborough County, Fla. (July 30, 2020) - A temporary Tampa Water Department maintenance project is expected to affect some Hillsborough County water customers beginning late next week. According to a City of Tampa notice, the Tampa Water Department is doing a chlorine maintenance event from Aug. 7 to Aug. 28. The maintenance event is expected to affect Hillsborough County water customers in the following neighborhoods:

  • East Lake
  • Fairview
  • Herschel Heights
  • Pebble Creek
  • Seaboard

From Aug. 7 to Aug. 28, water distributed to these neighborhoods will be converted from chloramine to chlorine disinfection. This temporary conversion is a standard water system maintenance measure to optimize water quality without the loss of millions of gallons of drinking water via system flushing. The system will return to chloramines by Aug. 29.

Customers in the affected areas may notice a slight difference in the taste and odor of their drinking water while chlorine is in use. The level of chlorine will be 2.5 to 3.5 milligrams per liter for most customers. During the treatment period, the Tampa Water Department will conduct daily testing to monitor water quality and assess the effectiveness of the temporary change in disinfection method.

Health officials advise that customers, including kidney dialysis patients, should not be impacted by the chlorine treatment. Customers with any health questions or concerns are encouraged to contact their health care provider.

Customers who keep fish for a hobby and already have a system in place to remove chloramines from tank or pond water should not be affected. Customers with questions regarding aquarium or pond maintenance during the temporary treatment phase should contact their local pet care providers.

For additional information, customers may contact Hillsborough County Water Quality at (813) 264-3835 or (813) 744-5600.


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