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Water

Our city's Water Resources Department will effectively and efficiently manage the water resources for the benefit of the public pursuant to applicable public health and environmental regulations.

Here is a view of recent “Water System Issues” as reported through SeeClickFix. To see all issues reported click here.



Our Functions and Services: The current department was created in 1975 when the city's water and sewer departments merged. Today, Water Resources is the largest of St. Petersburg's enterprise operations, providing potable water distribution, wastewater (sewage) collection, treatment and disposal, and reclaimed water for irrigation purposes to city residents. It is divided into seven functional divisions:

  • Administration
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Technical Support
  • Wastewater Collection Systems Maintenance
  • Water Reclamation Facilities
  • Water Systems Maintenance
  • Water Treatment and Distribution

Raw water is purchased from Tampa Bay Water and delivered to the city's Cosme Water Treatment and Distribution Plant. It is then pumped via two 25-mile pipelines to St. Petersburg residents.

Wastewater is collected through a network of sanitary sewers and delivered to one of three regional treatment plants for treatment, disposal, and reclaimed water (effluent) production, which is the final product of the wastewater treatment process. Scientific and technical expertise is provided to ensure compliance with public health and environmental regulations.

Water Rates: The city of St. Petersburg annually reviews utility rates for water, wastewater, reclaimed and stormwater service. 


For FY 17, the city utility rates were increased for stormwater, wastewater and reclaimed water. Water and sanitation rates, including residential recycling, did not increase.

The following are rate study discussion presentations for FY 2018.
These presentations are preliminary and figures may be adjusted as additional information is collected. 
Final documents will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Current rate information is available through the city's Billing and Collections Department.

Current Water Conservation Program

Current Watering Restrictions:

TWICE A WEEK WATERING RESTRICTIONS­ ARE IN EFFECT


Please note that the restrictions on outdoor water use detailed below are for St. Petersburg water customers located within city limits only. If you live outside city limits or receive your water bill from another entity, please check with your municipality, Pinellas County, or the SWFWMD for current water restrictions in your area. 

Watering with potable (city) water, water from private wells, or private connections to surface water sources (lakes, ponds, etc.) is restricted according to property address number as follows:

  • Irrigation of established lawns and landscapes is restricted from 5 to 9 a.m. and/or from 7 to 11 p.m. 
  • Addresses ending in an EVEN number may irrigate on Tuesday and Saturday Only, if necessary.
  • Addresses ending in an ODD numbers and locations with no address may irrigate on Wednesday and Sunday Only, if necessary.
  • Hand watering of non-lawn landscape is allowed any day, at any time, if needed.
  • Hand watering of lawn/turf is allowed ONLY during designated watering days and times.
  • An automatic shutoff device must be installed on any hose and used at all times. 
  • Micro-irrigation (low-flow) or drip irrigation) is allowed any day, at any time, if needed.
ALLOWABLE WATERING DAYS - BASED ON PROPERTY ADDRESS
  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Potable (city) Water    even  odd     even odd
Private Well or Surface Water    even  odd     even odd
Reclaimed Water (voluntary)   even odd even odd even odd


Find all of the updated Watering Restrictions details here.

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