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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.

Sensible Sprinkling Program - Free Sprinkler System Checkup

Water customers with in-ground sprinkler systems using potable, reclaimed or well water can be more water-wise with the free Sensible Sprinkling Program.

Eligible customers receive, for no charge:
  • Sprinkler system evaluation with site-specific recommendations
  • Installation of a rain sensor
  • Automatic shut-off hose nozzle
  • Diagram of your sprinkler layout
  • Water conservation tips

Sprinkler system checkups are performed following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and maintaining standards of social distancing, masks and cleanliness. For more information, email SensibleSprinkling@stpete.org or call 727-892-5611. 

Rainwater Rebate Program

Rebates are available to single-family residential stormwater utility customers when they install rainwater catchment devices such as rain barrels, rain totes or rain gardens.

Device TypeRebate AmountMaximum Rebates 
per Property, FY21
Maximum Rebates 
per Property, Total 
Rain Barrel (40-80 gallons) $50 2 6
Rain Tote (275 or 330 gallons) $100 
Rain Garden $100  2

General Eligibility Requirements

  • Attend a Rainwater Guardian Workshop and provide proof of attendance. No exceptions.
  • Be a St. Petersburg stormwater utility customer 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 required documents for verification.
  • Meet additional requirements of the specific rebate device, as detailed in the Program Guidelines (coming soon).

Resources

Rainwater Rebate Program Handbook:

Landscape Site Analysis Checklist
Rain Barrels: A Homeowners Guide

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

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 (Click the links to register) 
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

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

Any questions, email RainwaterRebates@stpete.org or call 727-892-5020.

Apply for a Rainwater Rebate

Call 727-892-5611 or email RainwaterRebates@stpete.org to get check your eligibility and receive your application.

Additional Workshops

Water Wise St. Pete - Rebates, Tips and Resources

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 12-12:45 pm

Do you know what simple action might save you up to 200 gallons of water a day? If you use drinking water for your sprinkler system, what percentage of your monthly bill goes to watering your lawn and landscape? Would you like the answers to these questions and other solutions to reduce your monthly water use?

Join us to learn how small actions could lead to big changes in your family’s water use. Educators with St. Petersburg’s water conservation office will provide water wise tips and information about current programs designed to help customers meet our shared goal – saving water.

This 45 minute virtual class is perfect for lunch time viewing! Register here to participate: waterwisestpete20210407.eventbrite.com.

Overcoming Landscape Challenges the Water Wise Way

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

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

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. 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.

This interactive class and online exercises are designed to educate and inspire you to tackle current and future challenges in your own yard. Register here to participate: landscapechallenges20210417.eventbrite.com.

Water Conservation with Drought Tolerant Plants

Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 6-8 p.m.

We have all done it – seen a beautiful plant in a store and purchased it, then took it home and had no idea where to plant it. Often, we guess wrong and our new plant doesn’t survive. Join the horticulturist from St. Petersburg’s water conservation office to learn how to select drought tolerant, Florida friendly plants that fit your needs, provide wildlife benefits and help create an attractive yard.

Discover the key features of over 60 native and non-native plants for our area and find plant selection resources. Plan ahead for planting during our summer rainy season. Register here to participate: droughttolerant20210504.eventbrite.com.

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 info by calling 727-551-3177 and leaving your contact information.

Additional Programs

Tampa Bay Water Wise Rebates

Additional rebate programs are available for St. Peterburg utility customers through Tampa Bay Water Wise. Learn more and see if you qualify for rebates and incentives at TampaBayWaterWise.org.

Water Incentives Supporting Efficiency

The Southwest Water Management District offers rebates for eligible water-saving projects. More at www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/WISE.

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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