Located in a water use caution area as defined by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the City of St. Petersburg imports 100% of its drinking water from Tampa Bay Water, a regional wholesale drinking water utility that serves over 2.5 million people in the Tampa Bay region.
Tampa Bay Water
Tampa Bay Water (TBW) is a non-profit, special district of the State of Florida that was created in 1998. The creation of TBW ended the region’s water wars and established a new alliance between Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa. Its mission is to “reliably provide clean, safe water to the Tampa Bay region now and for future generations”. TBW is governed by a 9-member board of directors, with two elected commissioners from each member county and one elected representative from each member city, and is funded through the sale of water to its member governments.
Water Conservation Workshops – City of St. Petersburg
To ensure sustainable water access for the future, the City of St. Petersburg has released new virtual water-saving workshop dates. (https://www.stpete.org/residents/sustainability/water_conservation/resources.php)
Water Conservation – Rebates, Tips and Resources
Monday, December 12th from 12 to 12:45 p.m.
To register: https://stpetewaterwise20221212.eventbrite.com
Learn how small actions could lead to big changes in your household’s water use and how the City can help you.
Rainwater Guardian Workshop
Saturday, January 7, 2023 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
To register: https://stpeteRWG20230107.eventbrite.com
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 and creating shallow rain gardens that are attractive and functional.
Getting to know Your Sprinkler System
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 from 6 to 8 p.m.
To register: https://stpeteSprinklerSystem20230118.eventbrite.com
Learn the different components of sprinkler systems and how they work together. Discover ways to make sure your sprinkler system is running correctly and applying water efficiently.
Watering Restrictions and Guidelines
According to its website, St. Petersburg water customers living within city limits watering with potable (City) water, water from private wells or private connections to surface water sources (lakes, ponds, etc.) must follow St. Pete’s watering restrictions:
- Water your lawn no more than two days/week: Even Addresses: Tuesday and Saturday; Odd Addresses: Wednesday and Sunday
- Water only within 5-9 a.m. or 7-11 p.m.
- Hand watering of lawn/turf is allowed only during designated watering days and times.
- Hand watering of non-lawn landscape is allowed any day or time, if needed.
- An automatic shutoff device must be installed on any hose and used at all times.
Reclaimed water is a limited resource. Do your part to ensure there is enough to go around by following voluntary reclaimed water guidelines:
- Water your lawn no more than three days/week
- Even Addresses: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
- Odd Addresses: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
- Water within 5-9 a.m. or 7-11 p.m.
Additional considerations at: www.stpete.org/WaterRestrictions
To get in touch:
For water-saving tips, programs and more delivered to your inbox, subscribe to the Water Wise eSplash at: www.stpete.org/WaterConservation
Bottom Line: Regardless of where you live, everyone plays a role in conserving water. The City of St. Petersburg is very pro-active in its approach to water conservation and offers residents and businesses help with programs, rebates, workshops, tips and more to ensure efficient water use.
Tampa Bay Water
Drying Up: The Fresh Water Crisis in Florida, by John M. Dunn
Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S., by Cynthia Barnett
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