The Tampa Water Department has announced a series of actions to help its customers lower their water bills by reducing their water usage. The department is offering free plumbing retrofit kits to eligible customers that include a Watersense showerhead, faucet aerators for both kitchen and bathroom sinks, and toilet leak detection dye tablets. Installing these kits will help Tampa Water Department customers start saving water, energy and money right away.
According to statistics from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, showering is one of the top ways Americans use water in the home. The agency estimates that nearly 17 percent of home water usage is used bathing. The WaterSense showerhead flows at 1.5 gallon per minute, which could save the average family almost 3,000 gallons of water per year. When combined with the energy savings, a family could lower their costs by nearly $70 per year.
A leaking toilet can waste more than 2,000 gallons of water per year. The toilet leak detection dye tablets will help you determine whether repairs or replacement is necessary. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 15 minutes. It is important to flush the toilet as soon as the test is done to prevent staining in the tank.
Customers interested in the free plumbing retrofit kit can order one from tampagov.net/savewater, however some conditions do apply. To order the kit, the customer must provide the account number from their water bill. Kit requests are limited to one kit per single family residential account per year. You can request a free rain sensor for automatic lawn irrigation controllers on the same form.
After the kit has been installed, the customer must return a completed installation coupon and acknowledgment form to verify the kit components were installed at the property. If this information is not returned, the customer may be billed $15 for the kit contents. The amount will be added to the customer’s water bill.