April is Water Conservation month

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TAMPA, FL (April 10, 2015) –  Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the Tampa City Council, together with cities and counties throughout Florida, recognize April as Water Conservation Month and call upon each citizen and business to help protect our precious water resources by practicing water saving measures throughout the year. In April, Florida's temperatures and irrigation demands climb as the summer rainy season draws near. Learn to conserve with these timely water-saving tips:

 1. Renew your landscape mulch: mulch helps maintain soil moisture, slows evaporation and reduces the water needs of plants.

 2. Irrigate thoughtfully: take time to get each irrigation zone in tip-top shape, and consider whether your mature landscape plants require routine irrigation. Make certain you have a functional rain sensor connected to your automatic irrigation system.

 3. Use a hose timer: these simple devices connect to your spigot to help eliminate those "uh-oh" moments when you realize you forgot to turn off the garden hose that you set to water the back yard.

 4. Have a leak-free home: monitor your utility bill for increased water use you cannot account for. Put a dye tablet in your toilet tank to see if the flapper is leaking.

 5. Save Water Save Cash: visit tampagov.net/water/save-water-save-cash to compare your monthly water use to other Tampa water customers in your billing category and get customized tips for water efficiency.

 City of Tampa utility customers can request free water saving devices online at tampagov.net/water. Call (813) 274-8121, option 5 to speak with an Efficiency and Conservation staff member.