Rainy Weather Offers Option to Reduce Irrigation Costs

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TAMPA, FL (May 8, 2015) Tampa homeowners looking for ways to reduce irrigation costs can take advantage of our wetter-than-normal spring and the pending rainy season by letting the rain do the work for them.

 “April and early May in Tampa generally are warm and dry, but that is not the case this year,” said Chuck Weber, Tampa Water Department director. “The rains we are getting offer our customers a perfect opportunity for customers to check the rain sensors on their systems to be sure they are working so they can  take advantage of the natural irrigation we expect to get during the coming months.”

A one-inch rainfall event delivers approximately 7,000 gallons of rainwater to a 10,000 square-foot lot. That free rainfall is equal to an estimated $20 - $70 in potable water irrigation costs for Tampa account holders, depending on total monthly water usage.

Florida law requires all automatic irrigation systems to be outfitted with a working rain shut-off device or other technology to inhibit or interrupt operation of the irrigation system during periods of sufficient moisture.Water Department offers free rain sensors to account holders.  Do-it-yourself rain sensor check-up instructions are available online at TampaGov.net/Savewater. 

Free rain sensors and other water-saving resources are available for Tampa water utility customers online request at TampaGov.net/Savewater or by calling (813) 274-8121, option 5.