The Future of Wastewater Treatment Series: Tampa, FL

This article is part of our feature on the future of wastewater in the U.S.’s fastest growing metro areas. We’re using the Transcend Design Generator to automatically build, expand, or upgrade regional wastewater treatment systems in each of these regions.

The Tampa metropolitan area, comprised of Hillsborough (#13) and Pasco Counties (#49), experienced a combined population growth of approximately 350,000 residents from 2010 to 2020. To meet the rising demand for wastewater management, TDG is being utilized to design a major, 25 million gallons per day (MGD) treatment plant.

TDG enables the creation of designs that are not just quick and efficient, but also fully compliant with regulatory standards. It promises a smooth, streamlined process, ensuring that the proposed treatment plant can be operational in the shortest time possible.

The facility’s design incorporates primary clarifiers for the initial phase of wastewater treatment. By enabling the settling out of suspended solids, the primary clarifiers effectively lessen the load on subsequent stages of the process, enhancing overall plant efficiency.

For Tampa main biological treatment, the Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) – Integrated Fixed-Film Activated Sludge (IFAS) technology is integrated into the design. The MBBR-IFAS is an advanced, hybrid system that marries the benefits of both activated sludge and biofilm processes. This combination ensures increased treatment efficiency and resilience within a compact footprint.

If you’d like to see the full design package for this treatment plant, send us a note at or contact us here and a member of our team will share it with you!

If you enjoyed this piece you may also want to read about the future of wastewater in Austin, TX.


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