Every local resident and business can play a role in helping to conserve St. Pete’s precious water resources. The City and its partners assist customers with their water conservation efforts. The city is 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.
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 Type||Rebate Amount|
|Rain Barrel (40-80 gallons)||$50|
|Rain Tote (275 or 330 gallons)||$100|
Purchase and pick up a rain barrel!
November 20th, 12:00pm-1:00pm Barrels are $45 and sales are only available through the Eventbrite link to Pinellas County residents.
One barrel per household. No-touch, drive-thru barrel pickup location information will be sent to the registrant’s email during the week of pickup. Register for the FREE class and pay for rain barrel in advance:
Collecting rainwater is an excellent way to save resources. With ½” of rainfall. Residents can collect 300 gallons of water from 1,000 square feet of roof. Attend a Rainwater Guardian Workshop to learn about:
Workshops are free and pre-registration is required for attendance. Click the link below to find upcoming workshops. 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.
Find upcoming workshops here.
Foodservice providers can receive a free water-efficient pre-rinse spray valve. This dishwashing valve is more forceful. Precise in removing particles from dishware. Therefore, this could reduce water use by up to 300 gallons a day. St. Petersburg water customers who are also owners or managers of restaurants, nursing homes, care facilities, hospitals, retail establishments. Other businesses with a pre-rinse wash station can obtain more information by calling 727-892-5611.
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. Located at 1650 Third Avenue North, Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Tampa Bay Water Wise is offering rebates of up to $100 to customers who replace their existing toilets that use 3.5 gallons or more per flush with high efficiency EPA WaterSense certified toilets. More information on the Tampa Bay Water Wise website.
Tampa Bay Water Wise is offering rebates of up to $250 to homeowners who over-water their landscapes and install a soil moisture sensor or evapotranspiration controller. More information on the Tampa Bay Water Wise website.
In addition, Tampa Bay Water Wise is offering rebates of up to $1,000 to homeowners designated as deficit or excessive irrigators for the installation of a shallow well to replace potable water irrigation. More information on the Tampa Bay Water Wise website.
Office buildings, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, schools, multi-family properties, builders and more can benefit from rebates for making water-efficient choices. Tampa Bay Water Wise offers rebates for high efficiency toilets, urinals, cooling towers, commercial dishwashers, spray valves and more. The Customizable Rebate offers reimbursement of up to 75% of project costs, up to $40,000 per project. More information on the Tampa Bay Water Wise website.
Otherwise, the Southwest Water Management District offers rebates for eligible water-saving projects. More information on the WISE website.
Water customers with in-ground sprinkler systems using potable, reclaimed, or well water can receive a free sprinkler system checkup and become more water-wise through the free Sensible Sprinkling Program.
Eligible customers receive, for no charge:
The Sensible Sprinkling Program is currently inactive and will return in late 2021. Check this site for updates.
Any questions, email SensibleSprinkling@stpete.org or call 727-892-5611.
St. Petersburg residents are discovering that a few simple changes can dramatically decrease water use, improve the health and beauty of their landscapes, and help preserve Florida’s natural environment.
The annual Tampa Bay Community Water Wise Award is awarded to curators of attractive, water-efficient landscapes that conserve water and protect the environment. Individuals and businesses can apply to be recognized for their yard’s beauty and resiliency.
Winners receive a special prize and have the opportunity to be recognized by local elected officials at the awards ceremony held in conjunction with the annual City Beautification Awards at Sunken Gardens.
Learn more and apply for a Tampa Bay Community Water Wise Awards on the Water Wise Awards page.