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Watering Restrictions in Effect

Due to drought conditions and increased demand for water, it’s important now more than ever to follow St. Pete’s year-round watering restrictions and eliminate wasteful and unnecessary water uses.

Southwest Florida Water Management District, which includes St. Pete, has declared a water shortage. Order Number SWF 20-017 requires that all water users prepare for tightened water use restrictions if abnormally dry conditions continue. This Order is effective May 12-July 1, 2020 unless extended, modified or rescinded.

Find St. Pete’s current local watering restrictions at

Every drop helps. Consider implementing water-saving practices. Find ideas, resources and rebate programs at

The mission of the Water Resources Department is to provide reliable and efficient water resources for the benefit of the public and the environment.

StPeteStat: An interactive tool displaying performance metrics for the Water Resources Department.


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.

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

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