'This water is not optimal for our bodies,' University Area residents say their water is toxic

The University Area of Tampa in Hillsborough County gets its name from its proximity to USF. According to the data company Cubit, the majority of the people in the 33613 zip code are Black and Brown and 20% live in poverty. Many people here have complained for years of having to use dirty and potentially unsafe drinking water. “What we’re experiencing from our water itself, whether it comes to bathroom, the kitchen sink, the tubs, we’re just realizing that this water is not optimal for our bodies,” said Ernett Harris II.