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Tampa Water customers may "Build Your Own Rebate"
Tampa Water customers may "Build Your Own Rebate"

Tampa, FL-- The Tampa Water Department has announced a new rebate plan geared toward its single-family account holders who use an average about 15,000 gallons of water per month. 

The program, called the "Build Your Own Rebate" (BYOR) program, will ask participants to make a commitment to save a pre-selected percentage of water in 2013. The commitment to use less water will reduce water bills, and allow customers to receive a rebate.

Tampa Water Department representatives have provided some ways to reduce water use, but did say customers can choose their own ways to reduce use. 

Some examples are:

  • Modifying irrigation schedules to meet seasonal plant needs
  • Checking for and repairing leaks
  • Placing a rain sensing device on their irrigation system
  • Installing more water efficient appliances or fixtures
  • Converting from sprinklers to micro-irrigation in non-turf areas
  • Changing personal habits such as taking shorter showers, turning off the tap when shaving or brushing teeth, or only running full loads in washing machines and dishwashers
  • Connecting to reclaimed water for irrigation, where possible.

Participants will get a personal efficiency coach, as well as individual counseling and advice to help achieve selected goals, all while mobile and online tools track progress, explained the Water Department.

Customer will choose a targeted water use reduction goal of either 5, 10, 15 or 20 percent, and will receive the corresponding rebate once the goal is met. 

The percentages and the corresponding rebates offered are as follows:

  • 5% = $50
  • 10% = $150
  • 15% = $300
  • 20% = $500

The reduction amount will be determined by comparing customers' February-July 2012 bills with their February-July 2013 bills. Customers that reach their goals will receive rebates as a credit on their utility bills by September 2013.

For more details about the "Build Your Own Rebate" program, links to online and mobile tools to help determine eligibility and select a reduction goal, and information about registering for an e-Seminar about the program on January 7, visit the City of Tampa Water Department or contact a Water Efficiency and Conservation Coordinator at (813) 274-8121.

Registration is open until january 31. 

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