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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.

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 periodically adjusts customer rates to reflect price changes in water, wastewater, and reclaimed water service.

This year, your city utility rates have increased for stormwater, wastewater and reclaimed water. Water and sanitation rates, including residential recycling, did not increase. Rate increases will take effect October 1 and will be reflected in your November bill.

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

Current Water Conservation Programs

Current Watering Restrictions:



Because the continued lack of significant rainfall has increased demand for water in the Tampa Bay region, the SWFWMD has declared a Water Shortage. Order number 2017-14 requests that all water users reduce unnecessary and wasteful water use, and prepare for tightened water use restrictions if extreme dry conditions continue.

St. Petersburg is in a water caution area as defined by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and is committed to water conservation. Year-round water conservation restrictions are in effect, and enforced.

Please note that the city's restrictions 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.

Find all of the Watering Restrictions details here.

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City of St. Petersburg
P.O. Box 2842
St. Petersburg, FL 33731

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