May 2011 Tampa Water Department News

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Free Irrigation Efficiency Evaluations And Rain Sensor Installations


The Tampa Water Department is helping consumers by offering a free opportunity to help reduce landscape water use. Outdoor water use, especially irrigation, can account for approximately 50 percent of total water use at a home or business. A limited number of free Sensible Sprinkling Irrigation Efficiency Evaluations are now available to qualifying single-family, multi-family and commercial customers using city water for irrigation.

During the evaluation, a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor will review the consumer's irrigation system for proper zoning, walk through an irrigation zone with the consumer to identify inefficiencies such as misaligned heads, coverage problems, overspray issues and provide water usage recommendations. The Auditor will also test the existing rain sensor or, if one is not present, install a new sensor.

Evaluations are only available for City of Tampa Water Department consumers with operational in-ground irrigation systems using City-provided potable water. At residential properties, the account holder requesting the evaluation must also be the property owner.

Evaluation requests are being accepted through July 29, 2011, on a first available basis as funding remains available. Visit
for additional program information and a link to request an evaluation.


You May Already Be A Winner

Does your landscape have what it takes to be a 2011 Community Water-Wise Award winner? For more than a decade, the Tampa Water Department has partnered with the program sponsors, Tampa Bay Water and local county Extension Offices’ Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Programs, to promote water conservation and recognize those individuals or groups who have created attractive, water-efficient landscapes.

The Community Water-Wise Awards has categories for residential and commercial properties, along with builders, schools and government sites. We encourage Tampa residents, homeowners and businesses to participate in this competition and show off their landscapes that exhibit Florida-friendly plants, prevent stormwater runoff, and have efficient irrigation.


Have you retained or restored natural areas in your yard? Are your plants appropriate for your site? Do you retain and use rainfall on-site? Is your irrigation system properly designed and maintained? Be recognized for your responsible choices. Fill out an application before June 30 and tell the judges about your potentially award-winning landscape.

See pictures of winning landscapes and more information on entering the 2011 Community Water-Wise Awards, including a link to the online application, at To receive an application by mail, contact us at (813) 274-8121.

‘Celebrate The Essential’ During Drinking Water Week

Sunday, May 1, 2011, began the annual week-long celebration of our most precious natural resource, water. Water is the first ingredient in nearly every product we use. It is a vital element of our daily lives, and it is used by everyone.

For more than 30 years Drinking Water Week has provided an opportunity to think about the essential role a safe and reliable water supply plays in our daily lives and renew our commitment to use it wisely.

Take the 7-Day Drinking Water Challenge. The average American uses approximately 125 gallons of water a day. How much do you use? Challenge details are available online at


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