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Water Conservation Support

Education and incentives can help residents build healthy water use habits. St. Petersburg’s Water Conservation Program assists customers with their conservation efforts by providing information, publications, incentive programs, presentations, and giveaway items to help residents understand and reduce their water consumption. Workshops will be added as they become available. Check this site or subscribe to the Water Wise eSplash below for updates. 

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Virtual Workshops

RAINWATER GUARDIAN WORKSHOPS

Collecting rainwater is an excellent way to save resources. With ½” of rainfall, you can collect 300 gallons of water from 1,000 square feet of roof. Attend a Rainwater Guardian Workshop to learn about:

  • Reducing the 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

Workshops are free and pre-registration is required for attendance. Register for an upcoming workshop below to reserve a spot. Classes and events may be canceled at any time due to low registration or other circumstances. St. Petersburg utility customers may receive a free rain barrel at a later date upon completion of a Rainwater Guardian Workshop. 

UPCOMING RAINWATER GUARDIAN WORKSHOPS

Wednesday, May 25 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 11at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, July 12 at 12 - 1:30 p.m. 
Saturday, Aug. 20 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 6 - 8 p.m. 

Water Wise Living - Do’s, Don’ts and How To’s

Wednesday, June 1 at 12 - 12:45 p.m. 
Register Here: https://stpetewaterwisehowto20220601.eventbrite.com

Is your family ready to replace water-wasting habits with more water-wise ones? Are you sure that there isn’t more that can be done to save water and protect our environment For example, what simple practice could help you prevent wasting up to 6,000 gallons of water each month?

Join fellow citizens to learn some important water-wise practices you may not know about. Class includes instructions for employing water-saving habits and technologies into your family’s everyday life.

Intro to Micro Irrigation

Wednesday, July 6 at 12 - 12:45 p.m. 
Register Here: https://stpeteintrotomicro20220706.eventbrite.com

What is drip irrigation? Is it the same as micro irrigation? Learn the difference and how to start changing your existing sprinkler system to save up to 60% on your water use.

Benefits of using micro irrigation for landscape bed watering:

  • Water savings compared to using traditional sprinklers
  • Highly adaptable
  • Can be used as a temporarily watering system for new plants, sod and seeds
  • Minimizes soil erosion and weed seed sprouting by directing rain runoff to plant roots – where we want it to go
  • Decreases the amount of pollutants running off a property and entering local water bodies
  • Lessens a property’s impact on the community’s stormwater system and environment

Join fellow citizens to learn micro irrigation basics and obtain resources to continue your educational journey. A future in-person workshop will provide more planning detail, instructions and hands-on activities. 

Conquering Landscape Challenges

Tuesday, July 26 at 6 - 8 p.m. 
Register Here: https://stpeteconquerlandscape20220726.eventbrite.com

Did you inherit a Florida yard with issues? Are parts of your landscape maturing or not meeting your needs any longer? Having problems with runoff and flooding? Or, has an unsuccessful landscape crept in to cause problems? 

You can create an attractive, functional yard through an orderly process that includes analyzing your site and situation, then planning your solution utilizing some key resources. Join the horticulturist from St. Petersburg’s water conservation office to view some common issues faced by customers with outdated landscapes and learn some methods to overcome those challenges.

The Cycle of Life: Are You Ready for a Fixture Upgrade?

Monday, Aug. 22 at 12 - 1 p.m. 
Register Here: https://stpetewaterappliances20220822.eventbrite.com

Wouldn’t it be nice if things lasted forever? The fact is, they don’t. When it comes to household fixtures, it is important to plan ahead and select items that not only fit your budget but will also save money in the long run through water and energy efficiency. This presentation will provide tips on what to look for when that time comes.

Educators with St. Petersburg’s water conservation office will provide information on new products and practices designed to help consumers save water and energy while minimizing impacts to our precious environment. Also, learn about the tools, resources and incentive programs designed to assist you with your new product selection.

Getting to Know Your Sprinkler System

Saturday, Sept. 10 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
Register Here: https://stpeteknowsprinklersystem20220910.eventbrite.com

Did you move into a home with a sprinkler system, but have no idea how well it works? You are not alone. Join us to learn about the basics. If you have "inherited" a sprinkler system but aren't sure how to operate and maintain it properly, this is your class! Learn the different components of sprinkler systems and how they work together.

Are all areas of your lawn and landscape being watered uniformly? Is the timer set to run according to existing mandatory watering restrictions? Is your system prepared for our upcoming winter dry season? Discover ways to make sure your sprinkler system is running correctly and applying water efficiently.


Additional workshops will be added as they become available. Check this site for updates. 

Water-Saving Tips

Find indoor and outdoor water-saving tips in the Good Neighbor Guide to Water Conservation below.

Good Neighbor Guide to Water Conservation 

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 3rd Ave. N., Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Partners in Water Conservation 

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) is responsible for water resource management in west-central Florida and Tampa Bay Water is the region's drinking water supplier. 

Residents with a water bill that comes from Pinellas County can find information on available publications and rebate and giveaway programs by visiting Pinellas County Utilities or by calling 727-464-4000. 

Personal Water Use Calculator

Understanding how much water each of us uses and where it is used is the first step in beginning to conserve one this precious resource. A simple household water checklist will allow residents to understand their consumption, both indoors and outdoors. After calculating personal water use patterns, residents can begin to conserve in ways that work best for their lifestyle.

Speakers for Programs 

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.

Water Conserving, Environmentally-Friendly Landscapes 

Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program

The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is designed to assist and guide residents to conserve water in the landscape and make positive changes in the environmental quality of their yards, neighborhoods, and surrounding waterways. It is a hands-on community outreach program that teaches and implements the principles of Environmental Landscape Management. To learn more call 727-453-6524 or visit Pinellas County FFL.

Pinellas County Extension

To obtain horticultural information and answers to plant questions specific to Pinellas County, contact the Pinellas County Extension office by calling 727-582-2110 or visiting Horticulture at Pinellas County Extension Service.

Water Wise

The Community Water-Wise Awards Program recognizes individuals and businesses that are committed to conserving our water resources and protecting the environment by using Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles, as well as water wise irrigation techniques. Learn more on the Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards page.

Florida Native Plant Society

The local chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society promotes the preservation, conservation, and restoration of native plants and native plant communities of Florida through public education. For more information, visit the Pinellas Chapter Website

Be Floridian

Sponsored by the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Be Floridian is a society that emphasizes the importance of skipping the fertilizer in the summer in order to protect Florida’s bays, lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico. Learn more about proper fertilizing uses and join in the effort to protect Florida’s waterways from lawn and landscaping pollution. 

Water Watch Info Line: 727-892-5300

This is an automated phone line with information on current watering restrictions. Residents who wish to report a suspected violation of the current watering restrictions may leave an address and detailed information.