Where Does My Water Come From?
Clearwater's drinking water comes from a groundwater source called the Floridan Aquifer. This aquifer is one of the major sources of groundwater in the United States and underlies all of Florida, southern Georgia, and small parts of adjacent Alabama and South Carolina. Clearwater customers use about 11.5 million gallons of potable water daily. Approximately 60 percent is pumped from 31 city- owned and operated groundwater wells; the remaining daily demand is supplied by water purchased from Pinellas County Utilities.
Each day, Clearwater's Water Division produces a safe, dependable drinking water supply that meets or exceeds federal and state water quality guidelines. The city is proud of its history and commitment to quality service. Clearwater routinely collects and tests water samples long before it reaches your water tap.
Pinellas County Utilities receives drinking water from Tampa Bay Water, a regional water supplier, which in turn becomes part of the water supplied to the residents of Clearwater. The water supplied by Tampa Bay Water is a blend of groundwater, treated surface water, and desalinated seawater. Eleven regional wellfields, pumping from the Floridan Aquifer, are the primary source for the regional groundwater supply. The Alafia River, the Hillsborough River, C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir, and the Tampa Bypass Canal are the primary supplies for the regional treated surface water supply. Hillsborough Bay is the primary supply of seawater for the regional desalinated supply.
Clearwater Public Utilities stays abreast of advancements in technology, health science, and government regulations in order to provide a constant, safe supply of water. Through foresight and planning, efficiency in operations, and focus on excellence in customer service, the city assures you the best quality drinking water at an economical price well into the 21st century.