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Current Conservation Programs

Every resident and business in St. Petersburg can play a role in helping to conserve our precious water resources. St. Petersburg and its partners are assisting customers with their water conservation efforts by providing publications, rebates, and giveaway items. Funding is limited for all programs. Items are available on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise stated; a waiting list is unavailable.

Toilet Rebate Program  

This Program provides eligible water customers a rebate up to $100 for replacing a high flush toilet (manufactured before 1995) with a new high efficiency, EPA WaterSense model.

An EPA WaterSense labeled high-efficiency toilet save 20% more water than regular low flush toilets. More than 2,500 toilet models carry the WaterSense label, including many low-cost models found in local stores.

Customers must call 893-7676 or email ToiletRebateOffice@stpete.org to check eligibility, complete an application, and receive a reservation number for a rebate.

Free Sprinkler System Checkup

The new Sensible Sprinkling application phase is underway. Participants receive a sprinkler system evaluation, sprinkler layout drawing, rain sensor installation (if one isn’t currently used), an automatic shut-off hose nozzle and water conservation tips. Don’t delay – this limited time offer is co-funded by the Southwest Water Management District. Email SensibleSprinkling@stpete.org, call 727-892-5611 or print the application for more information. Applications will be accepted through November 17, 2019, or until funding runs out, whichever comes first.

Rainwater Rebate Program

Coming soon, a limited number of rebates will be available to single-family residential utility customers who install rainwater catchment devices that help conserve water and reduce rainwater runoff. More information and rebate application to come. Check this page regularly for updates.

Device TypeRebate AmountMaximum Rebates 
per Property, FY20
Maximum Rebates 
per Property, Total 
Rain Barrel $50 2 6
Rain Tote $100 
Rain Garden $100  2

General eligibility requirements for the rebates can be found below: 

  • Attend a Rainwater Guardian Workshop and provide proof of attendance. No exceptions.
  • Provide a recent copy of the St. Petersburg utility account bill associated with the property where the installation will occur. This active account must be in good standing (no pending payments over 30 days late).
  • Obtain and submit an application signed by the property owner or representative designated by the property owner.
  • Provide original, itemized proof of purchase and other required documents for verification.
  • Meet additional requirements of the specific rebate device, as detailed in the Program Guidelines (coming soon).

Rainwater Guardian Workshops

Did you know that you can collect 300 gallons of water from 1,000 square feet of roof during a 1/2” rain? You're invited to attend a Rainwater Guardian Workshop to learn about:

  • Reducing your use of potable (drinking) water for lawn and garden irrigation
  • How rainwater harvesting helps protect local waterways and the environment
  • Rain barrel setup, use and maintenance
  • Creating shallow rain gardens that are attractive and functional

Free rain barrels are available to St. Petersburg utility customers who attend a workshop, limited to one per property per year. Workshops are free and pre-registration is required for attendance. Register for an upcoming workshop below to reserve a spot.

Bring a vehicle that can accommodate a 3' tall and 22" diameter barrel. Barrels will be available for pickup only during the workshop date. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to find parking and seating before the program begins. Classes and events may be canceled at any time due to low registration or other circumstances.

Upcoming Rainwater Guardian Workshops

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
Lake Vista Recreation Center
1401 62nd Ave. S.

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Childs Park Recreation Center
4301 13th Ave. S.

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, 1-3 p.m.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
1101 Country Club Way S.

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, 1-3 p.m.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
1101 Country Club Way S.

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
J. W. Cate (NW) Recreation Center
5801 22nd Ave. N.

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, 1-3 p.m.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
1101 Country Club Way S.

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, 6-8 p.m.
Roberts Recreation Center
1246 50th Ave. N.

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, 6-8 p.m.
Water Resources Department
1650 3rd Ave. N.

Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, 6-8 p.m.
Shore Acres Recreation Center
4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, 1-3 p.m.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
1101 Country Club Way S.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Enoch Davis Recreation Center 
1111 18th Ave. S.

Saturday, Mar. 7, 2020, 1-3 p.m.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
1101 Country Club Way S.

Monday, Mar. 16, 2020, 6-8 p.m.
Frank Pierce Recreation Center 
2000 7th St. S.

Friday, Apr. 3, 2020, 1-3 p.m.
Azalea Recreation Center 
1600 72nd St. N.

Saturday, Apr. 4, 2020, 1-3 p.m.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
1101 Country Club Way S.

Saturday, May 2, 2020, 1-3 p.m.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
1101 Country Club Way S.

Any questions, email RainwaterRebates@stpete.org or call 727-892-5688.

Indoor Water Conservation Kits

The St. Petersburg Water Resources Department is providing indoor conservation kits to water customers. Each kit includes a low-flow showerhead, toilet leak detection dye tabs, and faucet aerators for the kitchen and bathroom. To receive a FREE kit, St. Petersburg water customers should bring a utility bill to the Water Resources Department at 1650 Third Avenue North, Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Restaurant Spray Valve Replacement Program for Food Service Providers

Foodservice providers can receive a free water-efficient pre-rinse spray valve. This dishwashing valve is more forceful and precise in removing particles from dishware, and could reduce water use by up to 300 gallons a day! If you own or manage a restaurant, nursing home, care facility, hospital, retail establishment, or other business with a pre-rinse wash station, and are a St. Petersburg water customer, you can obtain more information by calling 727-551-3177 and leaving your contact information.

Water Conservation Publications

Water Wise e-Splash Newsletter

Stay up-to-date on public presentations, water conservation programs, watering restrictions, and educational and outreach events covering topics related to environmental protection practices. Click to subscribe!

Drought Tolerant Ground Covers for Your Landscape

Brought to you by the St. Petersburg water conservation office to assist consumers wanting to minimize lawn areas to where it is actually needed. If you wish to reduce the work, chemicals, and expense necessary to maintain an attractive and healthy lawn, you should consider replacement with other low-growing ground covers.

This Drought Tolerant Ground Covers brochure contains color photos and growing tips for twelve (12) native and non-native plants, plant installation steps, and other information. For more information, view the Ground Covers Video.

Public Presentations & Workshops

Specialists are available to speak with community associations and groups on topics that include indoor and outdoor water conservation, leak detection, reclaimed water use, micro-irrigation, sprinkler system self-checkups, and Florida-Friendly Landscaping™.

To schedule a presentation, call 727-892-5688 or email WaterDept@stpete.org

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