Common Water Issues in Tampa

Solutions For Your Water Quality Problems

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 provides 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.

Poor Quality

When water travels over the surface of the land, it absorbs and dissolves a number of materials — from human and animal matter to naturally occurring materials to radioactive substances. The Hillsborough River — a surface water source — supplies the majority of Tampa's water and, as a result, the drinking water in Tampa is often of poor quality.

Lime Buildup

As part of the six-step treatment process, lime is added to Tampa water to help stabilize the pH. A high level of dissolved minerals in water can cause white scale buildup that damages everything from your pipes to your appliances. Limescale buildup can also:

  • Create slow drains
  • Cause rings to form around sinks and tubs
  • Reduce the efficiency of appliances

Soap Scum

Both chlorine and ammonia are used to disinfect Tampa's drinking water, which can create an unpleasant taste or scent. The water is safe to drink, but the strong odor or taste of ammonia and chlorine can make Tampa's drinking water off-putting.

  • Hard water — Tampa's water is heavily treated, resulting in significantly hard water. When hard water meets soap, it creates a filmy, slick glaze known as soap scum, which builds up quickly and can be difficult to clean.

Whether it's soap scum, lime buildup, or bad-tasting water that's driving you crazy, there's a Culligan filtration solution that can help. Just take the simple, free Culligan water test, which will tell you what's causing your water problem — and offer a solution to correct it.

Bad Taste

Tips From the Culligan Water Expert

A paste of baking soda, dishwashing detergent, and water easily cleans soap scum.

Did You Know

Tampa drinking water has a pH between 7.5 and 8.5, making it much less corrosive to pipes.


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