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For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Brad L Baird, P.E., Director of Water Department
(813) 274-8663
Free Ways to Save During Water Conservation Month
Tampa, FL April 5, 2013 - April 2013 has been designated Water Conservation Month by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the Tampa City Council. Together with the State of Florida and the Water Management Districts, Tampa is working to increase awareness about the importance of water conservation.

Water is a basic essential need and a precious natural resource. April, typically a dry month when water demands are high, is a time to emphasize the need for using water efficiently and taking control of your water consumption. This year it is especially important to emphasize the need for conserving water due to the water shortage we now face.

As the City of Tampa depends almost entirely on the Hillsborough River for its water needs, lower than average rainfall has impacted the amount of water available. The Tampa Water Department calls on every business and all citizens to work together in conserving our available supply by being attentive to water use indoors and limiting outdoor use to the absolute minimum.

Three quick ways to start saving:
  • Use the Home Water Efficiency Tool Kit available at tampagov.net/SaveWater to check for and repair water leaks inside and outside, including irrigation systems.
  • Replace older plumbing fixtures and water using appliances with more efficient WaterSense or ENERGY STAR branded models. Free indoor plumbing retrofits kits are available to Tampa customers at tampagov.net/msg?ID=150
  • Test your irrigation system’s rain shut-off device for proper operation. An online rain sensor checkup guide is available at http://goo.gl/S3QtQ
Please visit tampagov.net/SaveWaterwww.tampagov.net/SaveWater for more tools and information or contact us at (813) 274-8121 to see how we can work together to conserve our water resources.

You can view Mayor Buckhorn’s Proclamation of Water Conservation Month at tampagov.net/proclamations/20130401_Water_Conservation_Month.pdf.

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