Florida Water Star

$1,000 rebate available to builders!

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, residential outdoor water use nationwide is more than 9 billion gallons of water each day! In order to conserve potable water while reducing costs to homeowners, the Tampa Bay Water Wise program is offering a rebate to builders of new single-family residential homes that become Florida Water Star℠-certified. Florida Water Star℠ certification means that an approved inspector determines the property meets specific water-efficiency criteria for indoor fixtures and appliances, landscape design, and irrigation systems and the builder receives a Florida Water Star℠ Certificate of Compliance.

Participation Requirements and Agreement Standards

  • Property must be a newly constructed single-family home where water utility service is provided by one of the following: Pasco, Pinellas or Hillsborough counties or the cities of St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay or New Port Richey (utility or service bill required).
  • Property must have an operable, in-ground irrigation system where potable water is used for irrigation purposes. Properties that have a well or reclaimed water for irrigation purposes will not be eligible for the program.
  • Property must obtain Florida Water Star℠ Silver Certificate of Compliance or greater
  • The Tampa Bay Water Wise program reserves the right to verify that the property meets all requirements for participation by confirming with Florida Water Star℠ program owner or Florida Water Star℠ program administrator.
  • Tampa Bay Water Wise reserves the right to inspect all submissions to determine eligibility. Fraudulent requests for rebates or duplicate submissions will be denied. Any paid rebates will be subject to repayment to Tampa Bay Water Wise if fraudulent activity is determined.
  • Applications submitted with missing or incomplete information will be subject to processing delays and/or denial of the rebate request.
  • Rebate checks will be issued by Tampa Bay Water Wise upon completion of all requirements and submission of Florida Water Star℠ Certificate of Compliance. Rebate checks may be issued up to 30 days after completion of receipt of certification.
  • Rebate(s) will be issued as a check made payable to the homebuilder. Checks will not be issued to third parties, unless the third party is a landscape or irrigation contractor designated by the homebuilder with a general release form here.

Rebate Contacts and Process