Alexa, Play Hillsborough County Newsflash

If you are one of the growing number of people who are getting to know Amazon’s Alexa, now there’s an easier way than ever to stay up to date on Hillsborough County government happenings.

Hillsborough County is sharing its top headlines, feature tidbits, and calendar items via Alexa, Amazon’s virtual voice assistant. The two to three minute daily updates can be heard on Alexa-enabled electronic devices, such as the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, and Amazon Fire TV.

To listen, open your Alexa app and download the Hillsborough County Newsflash skill. You can edit the order of your flash briefings under Flash Briefing settings. Then just say: “Alexa, play Hillsborough County Newsflash.”

It’s just another way that Hillsborough County government invites residents and visitors to stay connected. Other ways include: Subscribe to the ‘Friday 5’ weekly email by going to Follow @HillsboroughFL on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Look for Hillsborough County posts on the NextDoor social media network for neighborhoods. Sign up for HCFL Alert to receive emergency alerts and urgent notifications. Go to Watch HTV on demand via the County’s website or YouTube channel.

Visit for information about these and all County services.

Annual Hillsborough County Drinking Water Quality Reports Now Available

Copies of Hillsborough County’s annual water quality reports for tests performed in 2017 are now available in print and online. The reports include information about where Hillsborough County customers’ drinking water comes from, what’s in it, and how safe it is. The reports also contain helpful consumer information and important telephone numbers for customers interested in finding out more about their water quality. An online map tool allows customers to find their water quality report by entering their address.

Hillsborough County Public Utilities operates 11 community water systems. Each system has its own report. To see the reports online, visit

All customers will receive notice of the available water quality reports through either their mailed bill or e-bill. Print copies may be obtained by calling 246-3146, or by visiting one of these Hillsborough County Public Utilities customer service centers: Brandon Support Operations Complex, 332 N. Falkenburg Rd. in Tampa. Or Northwest Hillsborough County Service Center, 15610 Premiere Dr. in Tampa.
Hillsborough County Public Utilities provides 49 million gallons of drinking water every day to more than 590,000 people. The department’s environmental laboratory performs thousands of drinking water tests annually to ensure that customers are receiving water that consistently meets their expectations.

Visit for more information about the County’s water and wastewater services.

Chief Petty Officers Meeting

The Tampa Bay Chief Petty Officers Association (TBCPOA) meets the fourth Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Tampa Buffet, 3904 S. Dale Mabry, Britton Plaza in Tampa. The association is open to all Navy and Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers. It supports the Navy community and award an annual scholarship to a deserving member or relative of a TBCPOA member. The TBCPOA holds fund raisers for the scholarship fund during the year and coordinates with the active duty Chiefs Association (Suncoast CPOA) at MacDill AFB for many of these events. Included are the activities at MacDill and the annual Army-Navy game at a Beef O’Brady’s in the area. The TBCPOA has a closed FaceBook group, TBCPOA, with a meeting calendar of events. For more information, call Chuck Peterman, President, at 767-1569.

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Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.