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Drinking Water

Drinking water production starts with safe and reliable water located deep beneath the ground in the Floridan aquifer. A pipe and pump are used to draw the ground water from a well to the surface where it is taken to a drinking water treatment plant. Water withdrawn from the aquifer in our area requires only minimal processing before it is ready to drink.

More than 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, but only 1 percent is available as fresh water that can be used to drink.

Since a majority of the groundwater recharge that occurs in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties takes place in the Brooker Creek watershed, it is essential to pay attention to the watershed's health. If pollution in the watershed increases, it may increase the possibility that some of the contaminants from homes and gardens, farms and city streets will make their way into the aquifer. The contaminants will then have to be removed by the water treatment plant, which will increase the cost of drinking water in your area.

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