Chuck Carden

Chuck Carden

General Manager, Tampa Bay Water



Mr. Charles (Chuck) H. Carden is the agency’s General Manager, leading Tampa Bay Water’s administration and operations under the policy direction of the agency’s Board of Directors. Under his leadership, the agency weathered the COVID-19 pandemic by communicating regularly with the agency’s 150+ staff, implementing a work-from-home policy for staff who could do so successfully, creating processes to minimize the potential infection of critical workers, and ensuring the continued delivery of high-quality water to the member governments. In addition, under Chuck’s leadership, the agency is moving forward with several important initiatives including:

  • Updating the agency’s strategic business plan and creating a performance measurement system.
  • Completing feasibility studies of three potential water supply projects to meet the area’s increasing demands: Surface Water Expansion, Seawater Desalination Expansion, and South Hillsborough Wellfield.
  • Implementing a major short- and long-term infrastructure program to bring regional water to the fast-growing South Hillsborough County area.
  • Developing a methodology for valuing reclaimed water and/or credits used as a potable water source.
  • Completing a regional water quality study to enhance quality in the regional water supply system.
  • Preparing for a 10-year increase in capital projects by contracting with an Integrated Program Management consultant and projecting the agency’s budget and use of reserve funds to ensure affordable wholesale drinking water rates for the member governments.