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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:
  1. Sprinkler system evaluation with site-specific recommendations
  2. Installation of a rain sensor
  3. Automatic shut-off hose nozzle
  4. Diagram of your sprinkler layout
  5. Water conservation tips

For more information, email SensibleSprinkling@stpete.org or call 727-892-5611. 

Rainwater Rebate Program

Starting October 2020, upon City Council fiscal year 2021 budget approval, rebates will be available to single-family residential utility customers when they install rainwater catchment devices such as rain barrels, rain totes or rain gardens. Check this site for updates.

Device TypeRebate AmountMaximum Rebates 
per Property, FY20
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.
  • 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).

Resources

Rainwater Rebate Program Handbook:

Landscape Site Analysis Checklist

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

Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6:30-8 p.m.
Register Here

Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6-7:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, Oct. 24 at 9:30-11 a.m.
 
Monday, Nov. 16 at 9:30-11 a.m.
 
Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6-7:30 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.

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.

Additional Programs

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 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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