The drinking water in Tampa comes from a variety of sources. It’s primarily supplied by the Hillsborough River, but the city’s Aquifer Storage and Recovery system provide additional water when necessary. A combination of groundwater, surface water, and desalinated seawater, Tampa’s drinking water has many opportunities to come into contact with a wide range of contaminants.
Chlorination — Normal drinking water is treated with chlorine for disinfection purposes. While the water is clean and safe to drink, it may have a bad smell or taste from chlorination.
Mineralization — Water pumped from wells can have high levels of manganese. This naturally occurring element can have a negative effect on your water, .giving it a funny taste or smell.
When water filters over limestone bedrock, it absorbs many of those minerals. Over time, that mineral concentration can lead to a white, chalky buildup known as limescale. If left to accumulate, limescale deposits can:
Reduce water heater efficiency
Cause buildup in sinks, tubs, and toilets
Etch the surface of glassware, making it look cloudy
Leave stains on clothes
Cause metallic stains
Create rust marks in sinks and tubs
Too much iron in the water can give it a rusty or reddish-brown tinge. Aside from being unappealing to drink, colored water from iron can:
Water supply that is made up of raw surface water can have contaminant exposure that ranges from natural organic material like human and wildlife matter to inorganic compounds, synthetic chemicals, and other organics. The result is poor-quality drinking water that must be heavily treated to be safe for consumption.
When hard water interacts with soap, a white, solid residue known as 'soap scum' can form. Soap scum commonly accumulates in bathrooms around sinks, tubs, and shower areas.