The City of St Pete Beach owns the Reclaimed Water System, however, ongoing maintenance of the system is provided by Pinellas County Utilities.
Reclaimed water is highly treated wastewater which is used to irrigate lawns and landscaping. Property owners in St Pete Beach can apply for connection to reclaimed water by filling out an application form and paying a $75 activation fee. By using reclaimed water, customers avoid using expensive drinking water for lawn care and help contribute to the conservation of natural resources. Reclaimed water contains nutrients that help fertilize your lawn while beautifying its appearance. It is the smart choice for irrigation and ultimately reduces the amount of effluent that is otherwise discharged into the environment.
Fees & Providers
Reclaimed Water is currently available in St Pete Beach. The City of St Pete Beach contracts with the Pinellas County Utilities for billing. Fees for using reclaimed water are based on the Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) that is assigned to the property. Single family homes pay for one ERU at $21.24 per month ($42.48 bimonthly). Multi-family and commercial properties pay based on the number of ERU's assigned to their property based on permeable square footage of the lot size. For these the 1st ERU charge is $21.24 per month ($42.48 bimonthly) and $18.46 per month ($36.92 bimonthly) for each additional ERU.
To deactivate your reclaimed water a deactivation form needs to be processed in addition to paying a $75 deactivation fee. If you wish to install an irrigation system, Pinellas County requires an inspection to ensure there are no cross lines between reclaimed water and potable water, this requires an inspection form to be completed and a $35 inspection fee. Should you have additional questions please feel free to contact the Public Works Department at 727-363-9243.
The city requests reclaimed water users refrain from daily watering during the hours of 10 am to 4 pm. We are committed to informing and educating the community with information on sensible watering practices while encouraging good stewardship of the environment.