Utilities - Water Division

Emergency WATER issues during regular business hours call: 352.742.6222
Emergency water/sewer issues evenings and weekends call: 352.742.6300
(emergency service calls are routed through the Lake County Sheriff’s Office dispatch services during the evenings/weekends/holiday's)

Questions about your Utility Bill, Water Meter, Water or Sewer Services
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday: 352.742.6400

The Utilities Water Division is responsible for providing drinking water. The water distribution system has approximately 134+ miles of water lines serving citizens both within and outside the city limits. Water is drawn from the Upper Floridian Aquifer through 6 wells located at one of 4 water treatment facilities which is then treated with chlorine for disinfection and fluoride. The Water Division has 3 storage facilities with a total storage capacity of 2.5 million gallons. Each Water treatment facility has an onsite generator for continuous operation even during catastrophic events. 

The Utilities Water Division continually samples the drinking to ensure that the drinking water meets the requirements set by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency. For specific questions about sampling please contact the Water Division during business hours.

The City of Tavares is required by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to provide an annual water quality report. 

2021 Water Quality Report

Fire Hydrant Testing

The National Fire Protection Association standards require that all public fire hydrants be inspected on a regular basis. The Tavares Fire Department performs these tests throughout the year.
Hydrant flushing sometimes stirs up sediment in the water lines and results in temporarily brown or “rusty” water in nearby houses and businesses. You can reduce your chance of having rusty water by minimizing your water use if you know that hydrant flushing is taking place in your area. You should particularly avoid washing clothes until the flushing is complete and you have made sure you have flushed any rust water out of your home plumbing.
For additional information or questions please contact the Tavares Water Dept. at 352-742-6222. 

Cross Connection Program

In order to provide safe drinking water, the City of Tavares has a comprehensive cross connection program that is designed to prevent the cross connection to the potable water system. This program requires that backflow preventers be tested annually. When backflow preventers need the required testing, the Water Division will mail out a test report and an approved list of backflow testers for your convenience.

For additional information or questions please contact the Tavares Water Department’s Cross Connection Coordinator at 352-742-6453.