About Us - Wastewater


Department personnel collect, treat, and dispose of more than 55 million gallons of wastewater per day from over 100,000 customers in Tampa and its immediate suburbs. To accomplish this task, the department operates and maintains an infrastructure consisting of over 1,800 miles of pipelines, 225+ pumping stations, and an advanced wastewater treatment plant with a  permitted capacity of 96 million gallons per day. The replacement cost of the total system is over $3.3 billion.

Sanitary treatment requires the careful removal of pollutants and pathogens from wastewater in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local regulations so that the end product can be returned to the environment for natural recycling and, where available, may also be used as reclaimed water.


Our mission is to provide outstanding wastewater services to our customers while protecting public health and the environment.


We will become a world-class utility while protecting the environment. We will operate in a cost-effective manner and continually improve our work practices and ourselves. Our vision will be achieved through:

  • Effective leadership.
  • Teams of highly trained, multi-skilled, motivated individuals.
  • An organizational culture of trust, cooperation and open communication.
  • Decisions made at the lowest level possible.
  • Appropriate technology.
  • Compensation based on technology and skill.


The Department's goal is to provide complete and cost-effective services and to respond rapidly to expanding service requirements. 

The Wastewater Department has three primary divisions:

  • Engineering
  • Provides design engineering, drafting, information systems, contract administration, and planning support to the department.
  • Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Operates and maintains the City's 96 million gallon advanced wastewater treatment plant and 225+ pumping stations.
  • Wastewater Collection
  • Charged with the construction, maintenance, repair, and replacement of wastewater pipelines and infrastructure.