Utilities - Water Division

For emergency WATER issues during regular business hours, call: 352.742.6222

For emergency water/sewer issues on evenings and weekends, call: 352.742.6300

  • Note: emergency service calls are routed through the Lake County Sheriff’s Office dispatch services during the evenings/weekends/holiday

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 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 are then treated with chlorine for disinfection and fluoride. The Water Division has three storage facilities with a 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 get in touch with the Water Division during business hours.

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

2022 Water Quality Report

Fire Hydrant Testing

The National Fire Protection Association standards require that all public fire hydrants be inspected regularly. 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 occurs in your area. You should particularly avoid washing clothes until the flushing is complete and you have ensured 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

To provide safe drinking water, the City of Tavares has a comprehensive cross-connection program to prevent 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, don’t hesitate to contact the Tavares Water Department’s Cross Connection Coordinator at 352-742-6453.