Changes in Store for Tampa Tap Water Taste in Coming Weeks
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Changes in Store for Tampa Tap Water Taste in Coming Weeks

Between November 6 and November 27, the city will temporarily switch from using chloramine to chlorine for water treatment. This change may result in a slight difference in the taste or odor of tap water.

This is part of regular maintenance to ensure the quality of Tampa’s drinking water remains consistent and to prevent potential future contamination and safety issues.

Officials have not indicated any significant bacterial contamination in the system at this time. They assure that the county’s water supply will still meet federal and state safety standards.

For those sensitive to chlorine, here are some steps to minimize its effects during this period:

  • Run the tap for a few minutes before using.
  • Fill a pitcher with water and let it sit for several hours to allow any remaining chlorine to evaporate.
  • Consider installing a carbon filter on kitchen/bathroom faucets or shower heads, or replace existing filters with new ones.
  • Individuals and businesses that already take special measures to remove chloramine from tap water (such as dialysis centers, medical facilities, and pet fish owners) should continue to do so during this time.

Many communities that use chloramine undergo periodic conversions back to chlorine to maintain water quality. Pinellas County had a similar water disinfection maintenance in September.

For further information, please visit or contact City of Tampa Utilities at 813-274-8811.