Rates, Deposits & Fees

The Tampa Water Department provides water service to customers within the City of Tampa as well as parts of unincorporated Hillsborough County.

Our rates provide the funding needed to cover the cost of making an average of 82 million gallons per day of safe, clean drinking water for over 717,000 residents in our service area. It also provides the resources we need to repair and replace aging water pipes, valves, pump stations, water storage systems (and much more) to ensure that you have reliable access to safe, clean drinking water every single day.

Your bill will depend on the following factors:

  • How much water you use. We use a tiered rate structure to encourage water conservation. The more water you use, the more money you pay.
  • The size of your water meter. Every bill will contain fixed monthly charges (known as base charges) for water and wastewater. This charge is based on the size of your water meter. Most single-family homes use the smallest meter, 5/8”.   
  • Where you live. Customers that live outside the City of Tampa limits but still receive water from the City of Tampa will pay slightly higher rates.

Using the City of Tampa Service Area Map

Use the My Tampa Services app to identify the utility service provider for your property site address. To use this application: 

  • Click on the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner and enter your property address. 
  • The service providers for this location will appear in the bottom half of the application. For Tampa Solid Waste services, this application will also indicate the pick up dates for trash, recycling, yard waste, and SWEEP pickups. 

Rate Schedules

Potable (Drinking) Water, Irrigation, and Wastewater Rates

Rate schedules for water, irrigation and wastewater change annually on October 1.

Rates starting October 1, 2021:

Rate schedule from October 1, 2020-September 30, 2021:

Reclaimed Water Rates

Tampa offers reclaimed water (purple pipes) in parts of South Tampa and Davis Islands that can be used for irrigation. Reclaimed water is provided at a rate of $1.20 per ccf. A ccf is equal to 100 cubic feet, which is the same as 748 gallons.

Deposits

Customers are required to pay a deposit whenever they open a new utility account. The amount of the deposit varies by account type as well as the size of your meter.

Water Connection and Service Fees

Water connection and service fees help offset the cost for adding new water and wastewater system capacity. Some examples of when you may have to pay connection and service fees include when you are:

  • Developing previously undeveloped land
  • Increasing the size of a water meter
  • Increasing the number of plumbing fixture units
  • Changing the use or occupancy of a property
  • Adding an accessory dwelling unit (such as a mother-in-law suite)