Tampa Water Department Providing Rebates for Conversion of Conventional Irrigation Zones to Micro-Irrigation

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A limited number of rebates for conversion of conventional irrigation zones to micro-irrigation are available to qualified Tampa water utility customers. The Tampa Water Department is offering up to $250 for single-family residential account holders and up to $1,000 to multi-family and commercial customers currently using city water for irrigation at locations where high-volume irrigation is converted to low-volume technology.

“We are happy to be able to offer these rebates to help our customers increase the efficiency of their irrigation systems. In Tampa, outdoor water use can account for as much as 50 percent of the total water use at homes and at many business locations,” said Brad Baird, Water Department Director. “Making even small changes to the ways we use water can have a positive impact for our customers, our community and our water resources.”

Residential customers participating in the rebate program can receive 50 cents per square foot the conversion of up to 500 square feet of non-turf landscape to micro-irrigation. Multi-family and commercial locations are eligible to receive 50 cents per square foot for converting up to 2,000 square feet.

In addition to offering rebates for conversions to micro-irrigation, the Water Department also is offering commercial locations up to $1,000 per location to assist with the installation of soil moisture sensors or evapo-transpiration technology to increase the efficiency of large-scale irrigation system operation.

Rebates are available only for City of Tampa Water Department customers with operational in-ground irrigation systems using City-provided potable water. Pre-registration, confirmation of program enrollment and a site visit is required prior to beginning work on the irrigation system.

Requests for program participation are being accepted now through July 13, 2012, on a first-available basis as funding remains available. Participation criteria, micro-irrigation rebate program guidelines and application information are available on-line at www.tampagov.net/savewater or by calling 813-274-8121.

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