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Water Management
The Water Management Division protects, restores and enhances surface and groundwater quality through the implementation of monitoring, permitting, compliance and enforcement programs. The division regulates activities that have the potential to discharge wastewaters and impact water quality in the environment.

These activities include industrial and domestic wastewater treatment, industrial stormwater, and overflows from septic and sanitary sewer systems.

The division monitors water and sediment quality in Hillsborough County’s public water ways and reports its findings to guide the restoration and management of water quality especially in Tampa Bay.

These activities are supported by the division’s certified environmental laboratory.
  • Industrial Wastewater Program - The Industrial Wastewater Program works to improve and protect the quality of groundwater and surface water resulting from industrial activities such as chemical processing and manufacturing, power generation, bulk liquid and dry material handling, ammonia storage and distribution, and phosphate operations . This is achieved through permitting, compliance assistance and public education.
  • Domestic Wastewater Program of public health and the environment from the potential effects of the collection, treatment and disposal of liquid wastes (wastewater) removed from residences, businesses, and institutions are the goals of the Domestic Wastewater Program. This is achieved through permitting, compliance assistance and public education.
  • Laboratory Services - As EPC’s main laboratory this section supports the monitoring efforts of the entire agency by performing chemical and other analyses of air, water and sediment samples. The laboratory also provides technical support as necessary to the EPC divisions, local, state and federal agencies in the evaluation of environmental impacts. The laboratory maintains its certification by the Florida Department of Health.
  • Artificial Reef Program - The Artificial Reef Program is administered by the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County and was started on October 23, 1986. The goal of the Artificial Reef Program is to increase habitat diversity by providing hard-bottom substrates and communities which might not otherwise be available in Tampa Bay. The reefs also provide additional fishing opportunities for the sport fishing public in the bay area. To date, eight artificial reefs have been created in Tampa Bay deploying over 50,000 tons of material.
  • Biological Monitoring - Much of what falls out of the air and surface waters ends up accumulating in the sediments of our bays and rivers. These normally unseen sediments (Benthic environment) are ecologically active and very important parts of our overall ecosystem. Sediment, just like air and water, can become polluted. The Benthic Monitoring Program samples the sediments including invertebrate living within to access the overall health of this environment.
  • Water Monitoring - The EPC administers several nationally recognized county-wide water quality monitoring programs. Water quality data and maps are maintained and continuously updated for over 200 stations, many of which date back to the 1970’s, for Tampa Bay, numerous rivers and streams, and Lake Thonotosassa. This information is utilized by a broad range of federal, state and local agencies to identify and carry out reasonable and cost-effective environmental improvement projects.
  • Seagrass Monitoring - The presence of seagrass is an indicator of health in Tampa Bay. EPC is a partner in the Annual Bay Wide Study to collect seagrass data throughout the bay and monitor changes from year to year.

Sam Elrabi, PE
Division Director

3629 Queen Palm Dr.
Tampa, FL 33619

Ph: (813) 627-2600

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm