Plumbing Retrofit

Shower Better Infographic Illustrating Savings Potential with Low-Flow Showerheads 

What is retrofitting? 

Retrofitting is the installation of devices that replace or modify existing plumbing fixtures in your home to save water. Some restrict flow, others displace volume. They all help you do your part to protect the limited drinking water supply.

Why retrofit? 

Retrofitting -- replacing old plumbing fixtures with water-saving ones -- is a simple way to save water, energy and money. Unless your home was built after 1994, you probably have pre-conservation era water-guzzling plumbing.. The National Energy Protection Act (NEPA) of 1994 mandated the use of water-saving plumbing fixtures. EPA WaterSense-labeled fixtures are up to 20 percent more water efficient than standard installations.

Retrofit what? 

  • Toilets: Pre-1994 toilets can use between 3 and 7 gallons per flush. Replacing your toilet with a standard off-the-shelf model today can cut that amount to either 1.6 or 1.28 gallons per flush, depending on which model you choose. 

  • Showers: If your shower lasts 5 minutes, replacing your 2.5 gallon per minute with a free WaterSense-labeled showerhead from the Tampa Water Department can reduce the flow to 2 gallons per minute.  

  • Bathroom and Kitchen Faucets: The average household faucet can flow up to 3 gallons per minute. Installing free low-flow aerators from the Tampa Water Department can provide you with a bathroom faucet aerator that uses only 1.0 gallons per minute and a kitchen aerator that uses only 1.5 gallons per minute. 

If you have an older showerhead or faucet aerators, we will provide City of Tampa water customers with new low-flow ones at no charge. You may install the fixtures yourself or have a licensed plumber install them. (Qualifying customers will be mailed a plumbing retrofit kit and are required to return a completed Installation Coupon and Acknowledgment verifying the fixtures were installed at the property. Customers may be billed $15 for the kit if they do not return the completed Installation Coupon or complete uninstalled kit within 30-days of receipt.)

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