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.
Sensible Sprinkling Program - Free Sprinkler System Checkup
Through the Sensible Sprinkling Program, residents can receive a free sprinkler system evaluation, sprinkler layout drawing, rain sensor installation (if one isn’t currently used), automatic shut-off hose nozzle and water conservation tips.
For more information, email SensibleSprinkling@stpete.org or call 727-892-5611.
Rainwater Rebate Program
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.
|Device Type||Rebate Amount||Maximum Rebates |
per Property, FY20
|Maximum Rebates |
per Property, Total
|Rain Barrel (40-80 gallons)||$50||2||6|
|Rain Tote (275 or 330 gallons)||$100||1||2|
General Eligibility Requirements
- 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 Rebate Program
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Rain Barrel Rebate
- Rain Tote Rebate
- Rain Garden Rebate
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
There are no available workshops at this time. Check this site for updates.
Any questions, email RainwaterRebates@stpete.org or call 727-892-5020.
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