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Fiscal Year 2021 Utility Rate Changes

Adjustments to water, wastewater, reclaimed water, stormwater and sanitation utility billing rates and charges for Fiscal Year 2021 have been adopted by St. Petersburg City Council. 

City Council conducted a virtual First Reading on Aug. 20, 2020 to formally set the date of the Public Hearing. The presentation on the rates was given at the Public Hearing. City Council considered the proposed utility rates for final adoption at the virtual Public Hearing on Sept. 3, 2020.

Utility rate changes will take effect on October 1, 2020 and will be noted in your utility bill.

Adopted Fiscal Year 2021 Utility Rates (Customer Utility Rates & Charges)


Adopted FY21 Rates

Amount Change from FY20

Percent Change Applied

Potable Water – Fixed Rate
5/8” Meter Base Rate




Potable Water – Variable Rate
Rate per 1,000 Gallons-up to 5,600 Gallons
Includes Tampa Bay Water Charge




Sewer – Fixed Rate
5/8” Meter Base Rate




Sewer – Variable Rate
Rate per 1,000 Gallons




Reclaimed Water – Fixed Rate




Sanitation – Collection/Disposal & Recycling




Stormwater Fixed Rate Fee – Tier 1  $5.49  $0.50 10.07%
Stormwater Fixed Rate Fee – Tier 2  $10.93  $1.00 10.07%
Stormwater Fixed Rate Fee – Tier 3  $17.16  $1.57 10.07%

Stormwater Fixed Rate Fee – Tier 4

 $25.61  $2.34 10.07%

Current Fiscal Year 2021 Utility Rates

Effective Oct. 1, 2020 - Sept. 29, 2021. 

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Water Rates
Wastewater Rates
Sanitation Rates
Stormwater Rates
Reclaimed Water Rates
Irrigation Only Water Service Rates

Note: Certain charges apply to specific locations. Not all addresses will see charges for all services listed above. For information on specific address charges, contact the Utility Customer Service Center at 727-893-7341 and choose option 0.

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The City of St. Petersburg purchases softened water from the regional supplier, Tampa Bay Water, which operates the Tampa Bay Regional Surface Water Treatment Plant. This plant currently produces a blend of surface water and groundwater with desalinated water scheduled to be added to the mix in early 2004. This variety of water sources ensures us a drought-resistant drinking water supply which complies with or exceeds all local, state, and federal drinking water standards.

Upon leaving Tampa Bay Waters facility, the water is further treated at the Cosme Water Treatment facility which has been honored several times as the Best Operated Water Treatment Plant in Florida. The treated water is pumped via two 25-mile pipelines to approximately 250,000 St. Petersburg residents. As a customer of the City of St. Petersburg's Municipal Water System, you enjoy high-quality water that has been rated the best tasting municipal water in Florida. For questions or concerns about water quality, call 727-893-7261.

If you recently moved to the St. Petersburg area you may not be accustomed to the taste of our water. This is because water sources are different throughout the state and nation. Some communities use groundwater; other communities rely upon river or lake water for their water supplies. You may have lived where you were served by a private well. Often, private wells receive little or no treatment. However, to assure that a water supply is safe from harmful organisms, state and federal agencies require that all municipal water supplies provide disinfection treatment.

In May 2002, the City of St. Petersburg, like many communities throughout the United States, began chloramination of its water supply in order to disinfect and eliminate any harmful organisms that may be present in the water. In addition, the City of St. Petersburg began fluoridation of its water supply in 1993. Fluoride has been shown to help prevent tooth decay, especially in children. It is important to inform your dentist that fluoride is added to your water so that any fluoride treatments can be adjusted appropriately.

You may be contacted by individuals representing private water firms requesting permission to test your water. They may attempt to sell you a home water treatment system. These companies are not affiliated with nor endorsed by the City of St. Petersburg. Although you may wish to install one of these home treatment systems, please be aware that your water supply meets all public health standards without additional treatment.

The City of St. Petersburg's Water Resources department is committed to providing quality water for your needs and enjoyment. If you have any questions about the quality of your water, contact our 24-hour Dispatch office at 727-893-7261. 

Water Rates – Effective November 1, 2020

The City of St. Petersburg annually reviews utility rates for water, wastewater, reclaimed and stormwater service. 

Per Month, Base Charge

Meter SizeBase Charge
5/8" x 3/4" $ 13.18
1" $ 32.95
1.5" $ 65.90
2" $ 105.44
3" $ 210.88
4" $ 329.50
6" $ 659.00
8" $ 1,054.40
10" $ 1,515.70
12" $ 2,833.71

TBW=Tampa Bay Water Cost at $2.48 per 1,000 gallons.

TBW charge is applied to total water volume.

Tampa Bay Water, our wholesale water supplier, has been working to develop new water sources to include groundwater, surface water, and desalinated water. This is necessary to reduce the region's dependency on groundwater and to meet the water demands of a growing population particularly during periods of drought such was experienced the past three years.

Plus Additional Volume Charges

Single family dwelling:Per 1,000 gallons
First 5,600 gallons $2.28
Next 2,400 gallons $3.49
Next 7,000 gallons $5.65
Next 5,000 gallons


Over 20,000 gallons $19.00
Multi-family dwelling:Per 1,000 gallons
First 5,600 gallons $2.28
Next 2,400 gallons $3.49
Next 7,000 gallons $5.65
Over 15,000 gallons $8.26

*Volume for Multi-Family is divided by number 
of dwelling units served by the water meter.

Commercial *Per 1,000 gallons
Up to average $2.28
Average - 1.4 x average $4.02
1.4 to 1.8 x average $5.65
Over 1.8 x average $7.09

*The 12-month period will be the previous October through September. For new commercial customers without previous consumption history, the lowest block rate will be utilized until a 12-month period between October and September is completed. A commercial customer experiencing changed business conditions which would necessitate a revised calculation of the monthly average may request a water audit by the City. The City may calculate a new average based on that audit.

All of the above rates are subject to 10% utility tax within the City limits. Rates outside the City limits are 125% of City rates except as approved by City Council.


St. Petersburg protects the health and safety of its citizens by safely and efficiently disposing of wastewater through the city's sewer system. No economical method exists to measure how much water you discharge into the wastewater system. Therefore, the amount you are charged for sewage disposal is measured by the amount of water registered on the meter. That includes a base charge that is billed by the size of your water meter, and a consumption charge based on how much water you use during the monthly billing period.

Wastewater Rates – Effective November 1, 2020

Per Month, Base Charge

Meter SizeBase Charge
5/8" x 3/4" $20.85
1" $52.12
1.5" $104.25
2" $166.80
3" $333.59
4" $521.24
6" $1,042.47
8" $1,667.95
10" $2,397.68
12" $4,482.62

Plus Volume Charges
For each 1,000 gallons of water registered on the water meter - $8.00
Rates outside the City limits are 125% of City rates except as approved by City Council.
Wastewater rates billed for accounts in South Pasadena are established by that municipality.
Wastewater rates billed in most unincorporated areas are established by Pinellas County.


The standard sanitation rate for most residential customers is $25.47 per month. Multi-family and commercial property rates are based on the level of service. To determine the level of service required, please call the Sanitation Department at 727-893-7351.

Like wastewater, no adequate means exist to measure the amount of solid waste collected from your home. To handle demand, and to preserve public health and safety, most residential customers require twice-weekly pick-up. Some customers may qualify for once-weekly service.

Standby service is also available to customers who plan to be away for at least two months. While on this service plan, sanitation charges are reduced during the months that no water is registered on the water meter. There is a small fee for activating standby status.

The City of St. Petersburg Sanitation Department is aware of the benefits of recycling and its impact on the environment. To help you recycle, they have five conveniently-located recyclamats and brush sites to collect and recycle newspapers, aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles, cardboard and yard clippings. Brush sites are closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. 

For information on any of the listed services, contact the Sanitation Department:

  • Billing Questions: 727-893-7398
  • Residential Collection: 727-893-7334 (including missed collection)
  • Residential Recycling: 727-893-7838 (including missed collection and container repair);
  • Furniture/Appliance Pick Up/Special Collections; Recycling Drop-Off; Free Rodent Control; Free Mulch or Soil Builder; Building Materials, Brush and Other Collections (fee-based): 727-893-7398
  • Commercial Collection: 727-893-7351
  • Report Graffiti: 727-893-7394
  • Neighborhood Cleanup: 727-893-5141
  • Report Illegal Dumping (24 hour Police Tip Line): 727-892-5000

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Sanitation Rates – Effective November 1, 2020

Residential Trash Collection Service
Twice-Weekly Once-Weekly
Single Family Residence: $ 25.47
  • Each additional (90 gal.) automated container: $14.05*
Multiple Family Residence-per unit - $25.47
Residential Recycling - $3.36 Per Month*
  • Participation is voluntary; however, to avoid service disconnection and account delinquency, this fee must be paid whether or not participation occurs.
Business or Institution
  • One automated (90 gal.) automated container: $25.47
  • Each additional. (90 gal.) automated container: $14.05*
Available subject to City approval provided the customer meets all the following criteria:
  • single-family residence with a one- or two-person household
  • a lot size of 8,500 sq. feet or less
  • a water usage of 5,000 gallons or less per month

Once-Weekly Rate: $20.19

Learn more HERE.

Backyard Service

Single-Family Residence

  • One automated (90 gal.) container or 2 cans, manual system: $60.78
  • Each additional can or container: $29.78

Multi-Family Residence - per unit: $60.78

Business or Institution

  • One automated (90 gal.) container or 2 cans, manual system: $60.78
  • Each additional can or container: $29.78

Standby Service

  • Monthly sanitation charges are reduced during the months that no water is registered on the water meter
  • There is a small fee of $13.09 to activate standby status

Tub-out Service

  • To accommodate persons with disabilities who cannot maneuver containers at no additional charge

Bulk Container Service

  • Rates for bulk containers vary depending on level and category of service
  • *6-month minimum plus a $12.13 one-time placement fee
  • Call 727-893-7351 for specific rates


The City must collect and manage stormwater runoff to prevent flooding and protect our local bays and surface waters. Fees are charged to pay for this collection and to develop a future drainage system that will protect our environment and keep our streets from flooding during heavy rains. The fee you are charged is based on the amount of impervious surface at your property, or the square footage that does not allow rain to be absorbed into the ground. Every utility customer pays a monthly stormwater fee, regardless of whether or not other services on the property have been discontinued.

Stormwater Rates – Effective November 1, 2020

Single-Family Properties

Tier 1 $5.49
Tier 2 $10.93
Tier 3 $17.16
Tier 4 $25.61

Non-Single-Family Properties

  • Non-Single Family Impervious Area (ERU): $10.93

Non-single-family (commercial) properties will continue to be charged a fee based on the number of Single-Family Residential Units (SFRU’s) their impervious area represents. One SFRU is equal to the impervious surface area of a typical single-family property in the City, which has been determined to be 2,406 square feet of impervious surface area.

Find more information on the stormwater tiered rate structure HERE

Reclaimed Water

Some parts of the city have access to reclaimed water, or recycled wastewater that is used for lawn and garden watering. Reclaimed water is billed monthly depending on the size of your property. Properties of one acre or less pay a flat monthly rate. Properties greater than one acre are charged for the initial acre plus each additional acre or fraction thereof.

Billing questions: 727-893-7341
Service questions: 727-892-5111 

Reclaimed Water Rates – Effective November 1, 2020

Per Month (Not available in all areas)

Unmetered service

  • One acre or less: $31.39
  • Each additional acre: $17.99

Metered service

  • Per 1,000 gallons: $.88 ($31.39 minimum)

Plus 10% tax within city limits.

Rates outside city limits are 125% of City rates.

Irrigation Only Water Service

New Connections

All new connections to the water mains for irrigation only purposes shall be made by the City. The following connection charges shall apply.

  New Irrigation Only Service
Meter Size (inches)Connection Charges
5/8" or 3/4" $ 756.00
1" $ 870.00
1 1/2"  $ 2,515.00

Charges for connections in this section include the costs of: tap, meter, meter setting, backflow preventer as required by Chapter 27, labor and other materials to complete such connection.

  1. Water service connection charges for irrigation only purposes do not include water main extensions which may be required to extend the water system to the customer's property.
  2. Payment for water services larger than those listed in the above table and for water main extensions shall be made in advance based upon an estimated cost. Upon completion of the installation, actual charges for the connection will be determined and a refund or additional charge billed to the customer. Actual costs shall not exceed 10% more than the estimated cost.

Existing Connections

Customers with two potable water connections; one serving domestic water use and the other serving as an irrigation only connection may request to have the customer's irrigation connection designated as an irrigation only account. Any customer wishing to convert an existing account to an irrigation only account shall be required to pay the following connection charges.

  Existing Irrigation Only Service
 Meter Size (inches) Connection Charges
5/8" or 3/4"  $ 756.00
 1" and larger  $ 870.00

  Customers requesting an existing irrigation only water service to be designated as an irrigation only account shall submit a request to the City on provided forms. Upon designation of the account as an irrigation only account, the City may take a minimum of two (2) billing cycles for this service to be activated and irrigation only charges to be used in calculating a customer's bill. No retroactive refunds shall be given to customers for existing irrigation only water service account.

Monthly Irrigation Only Account Charges

Customers with an irrigation only account shall not be charged fees for wastewater services for that account but shall pay a base charge based on the meter connection size and shall pay a tiered volume rate based on water consumption as follows:

Irrigation Only Base and Volume Charges
  Volume Rates (per 1,000 Gallons) Consumption Ranges (in Gallons)
Meter Size (inches)Base Fee1Tier 1Tier 2Tier 3Tier 1Tier 2Tier 3

















































































Tampa Bay Water: $2.48 per 1,000 Gallons  

A surcharge of 25 percent shall be added to all charges established in this section for irrigation only service outside the City.

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