Conservation...Smart & Saves Money

Protecting the Tampa Bay area’s water resources is no easy feat. We know the negative impacts to the environment caused by excessive groundwater pumping mean we cannot depend solely on groundwater for our drinking water supply. Alternative supplies, like the surface water treatment plant and seawater desalination, are necessary to protect our important natural systems.

"Conservation is extremly important"

John Parker

Conserving water is just as important, however. When you and your family work to lower your consumption of water, the considerable task of protecting the environment becomes more manageable. Every drop saved is a drop we don’t have to pump from the ground. Small efforts to protect our water resources can add up to make a big difference in the Tampa Bay region’s environment.

Dock out of Water
Dock out of Water

Not only is conserving water good for the environment, it’s going to save you money today, on your utility bill, and in the future with holding down tax rates. If you’re drinking water comes from a water utility, then you’re paying for every water drop entering your home or business, and every drop leaving. A great way to reduce water and sewer bills is to increase your water conservation activities. Learn more by visiting the American Water Works Water Wiser Clearinghouse.

"'s gotta become a way of life."

Kathy Castor



Throughout this website, you’ll have the opportunity to play small videos of people who were involved in shaping Tampa Bay’s water policy. They include activists, elected officials, lawyers and experts. All of them were involved in what is called, “Tampa Bay’s Water Wars.” We thought you’d like to hear what they have to say in their own words. We think you’ll appreciate their very different perspectives.

Meet the Experts