Mission Statement: To effectively and efficiently manage the water resources for the benefit of the public pursuant to applicable public health and environmental regulations.
Functions and Services: The current Department was created in October 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:
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.
Current Water Conservation Programs. Available to all Residential, Multi-family and Commercial water customers.
Toilet Rebate Program!
The Toilet Rebate Program provides eligible water customers a rebate of up to $100 for replacing a high flush toilet (manufactured before 1994) with a new low flush model.
NEW REQUIREMENT: Participants at Single-Family and Multi-Family locations MUST purchase and install an EPA WaterSense labeled high efficiency toilet. These models save 20% more water than regular low flush toilets. More than 2,000 toilet models carry the WaterSense label, including many low-cost models found in local stores. For more information and help with toilet selection, visit www.epa.gov/watersense/products/toilets.html
Customers must call 893-7676 or email ToiletRebateOffice@stpete.org to check eligibility, complete an application, and receive a reservation number for a rebate.
Sensible Sprinkling Program - This Program offers a FREE CHECK-UP to water customers with working in-ground sprinkler systems using potable, reclaimed, or well water. Participants will receive, at no charge, a sprinkler system evaluation with site-specific recommendations, a diagram of the sprinkler layout, installation of a rain sensor if one is not present, water conservation information, and an automatic shut-off hose nozzle. Click here for a downloadable application. Call 551-3177 for more information.
TWICE A WEEK WATERING RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT
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.
Get all of the details from the Water Restrictions Webpage