Workshops & Resources
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.
RAINWATER GUARDIAN WORKSHOPS
Collecting rainwater is an excellent way to save resources. With ½” of rainfall, residents can collect 300 gallons of water from a 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 rain barrel upon completion of a Rainwater Guardian Workshop. Rain barrels will be available at a future date once physical distancing and other public health standards can be assured.
UPCOMING RAINWATER GUARDIAN WORKSHOPS
- Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022 at 12-1:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022 at 6-8 p.m.
- Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 at 12-1:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 at 9:30-11:30 a.m.
- Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2022 at 6-8 p.m.
- Saturday, Mar. 26, 2022 at 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Additional workshops will be added as they become available. Check this site for updates.
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.
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.
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.
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.