How Are You Saving Water?

Have a tip on how you are saving water? Share your water conservation or efficiency success stories with your fellow customers here.

children drinking from fountainTampa Water Department customers can submit information about actions or activities they have taken at their home or business to reduce their water use. Your submission could be chosen to appear on this site. Submissions should be 200 words or less and comply with the Terms and Conditions outlined at the bottom of this page.

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I placed a half gallon filled with water inside my toilet tank, after flushing the tank has less space requiring less water to fill up.

Submitted by Evaelyn C., Residential Customer, 33604

Water is the main ingredient in the products produced by Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and, like many natural resources, it is under increasing stress. CCE relies on local water supplies to produce the beverages that we deliver around our territories, and is investing in water-saving technology to create water sustainable operations in its production facilities. Currently at Tampa Coca-Cola, 80 percent of every gallon of water that comes into the production facility is used in our beverages. In other words, Tampa Coca-Cola is using an average of 1.25 liters of water to produce one liter of beverage. That's a two percent improvement from last year and about a 12 percent improvement from 2005. Companywide, CCE has pledged to minimize water use and replenish the amount of water used in our beverages to our local communities.

To do this, the company has made significant water-saving improvements in its facilities. CCE facilities companywide have retrofitted their water treatment systems with recycle and reclaim loops, each of which saves up to 180 million liters of water annually. These systems capture wastewater from the production process and redirect it for reuse elsewhere in the facilities, including washing floors and cooling towers and boilers. Over time, CCE intends to install recycle and reclaim loops in all eligible production facilities.

Submitted by Amanda S., Coca-Cola Enterprises, 33619

I converted my sprinkler system to drip irrigation. If you can use a wrench, this is an easy do-it-yourself project. Start with a small sprinkler zone first to learn how.

The process can be broken into 3 easy steps: 1. Pick one sprinkler riser that is centrally located in the zone. Install a multi-outlet drip adapter on this riser. Remove the sprinklers from all other risers in this zone and cap them off.; 2. Depending on the drip adapter you purchased, install flow regulators or adjust the flow rate on the adapter. (Flow regulators convert the high water pressure in the sprinkler system to low pressure, low flow necessary for drip devices.) ; 3. Install micro-sprinklers or drip line tubing. Drip line tubing has very small holes drilled every 6 to 12 inches and lets the water drip directly onto the soil. When covered by mulch, drip line tubing can't be seen.

Search the internet for "drip irrigation convert" to find articles and merchants for this project. Most of the materials are also available in the irrigation isle of large home improvement stores.
Submitted by David B., Residential Customer, 33606

(Water Department note: Micro-irrigation retrofit workshops may be available through theHillsborough County Extension Office)

The bedding areas are one of our big water conservation measures. Forty-eight percent of our village entrances have been converted to low volume, one-hundred percent of our main entrances have been converted to low volume, and the balance of the villages will be converted in the coming months.

Submitted by Maggie W., Tampa Palms CDD, 33647

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In consideration for being allowed to contribute content, you agree that your failure to abide by the following rules in using the Web site shall constitute a material breach of these Terms and Conditions:

  • This feature is available to current City of Tampa Water Department customers only;

  • Submission must contain accurate and complete contact information;

  • Submission will only be accepted in writing online through the City Customer Service Center or by sending the submission to: Water Conservation Section, Attn: Web Tips, 306 E. Jackson St. 5E, Tampa FL 33602;

  • Submission should include actions or activities undertaken by the submitter to reduce their water consumption - tips of a general nature or conservation ideas not identified as implemented will not be used;

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