Shallow Wells for Outdoor Irrigation

Get Up to $1,000 For Shallow Well Installation

Installing a shallow well is a way to keep your yard healthy and attractive while reducing your potable water use, which can lower your monthly water bill. This alternative water source provides non-potable water that can be used for landscape watering.

What do I need?

  • Check for pre-qualification here. Pre-qualification may change annually. You either must be pre-qualified, or if you want to inquire about an exception you may contact Tampa Bay Water Wise Demand Management at (727) 791-2323.”
  • A receipt or invoice for the labor and materials.
  • A well completion report.
  • A copy of your utility bill.

See detailed general and documentation requirements below.

How does it work?

Shallow wells are an alternative water source that provide non-potable water that can be used for watering landscapes. This water cannot be used for drinking or for inside household uses, and homeowners still need to follow the local watering ordinance. Eligibility is determined in part by the volume of water used, and by the location, which must be in an appropriate area for shallow wells.

What are the benefits?

Watering your yard can account for half or more of your water bill. Install a shallow well so you can have an additional source of water.

  • Reduce your monthly water use by up to 50%, and you can lower your bill
  • Ensure proper installation by working with a licensed contractor.

General Requirements

  • Check your eligibilityhere. Eligibility may change annually. You either must be on our eligibility list, or if you want to inquire about an exception you may contact Tampa Bay Water Wise Demand Management at (727) 791-2323.
  • You must be an existing potable water utility customer of the city of Tampa, city of St. Petersburg, city of New Port Richey, Pinellas County, Pasco County or Hillsborough County.
  • Single-family detached homes must be at least 2 years old.
  • Homes with reclaimed water access, active use of reclaimed water, or have previously had soil moisture sensors installed will not be eligible.
  • Applications must be submitted within 90 days of purchase/installation.
  • Installations must be completed by a qualified company (licensed contractor certified by the Southwest Florida Water Management District for well installations). Click on this link for a list of licensed shallow well drillers. A larger list of all types of well drillers can be found here.
  • The licensed well driller must obtain a Southwest Florida Water Management District permit for shallow well installation.
  • You must agree to potential ongoing monitoring when participating in the program.
  • Shallow well water usage is still subject to local watering restrictions.
  • All applicable ordinances that require the use of backflow prevention devices must be met.
  • Residents of Hillsborough County are subject to additional requirements, which are listed in the customer agreement.
  • Applicant agrees to Customer Agreement (see below)

Documentation Requirements

  • A receipt or invoice identifying the work completed, materials, and purchase or installation date.
  • A well completion report. Your well driller can provide this to you, or it can be obtained from the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s website if you have the permit number.
  • A copy of your utility bill.
  • If the rebate is payable to an authorized representative of the homeowner, a completed and signed general release form is required. You may download a general release form here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What parts of the supplies and installation are eligible for a rebate?

Materials eligible for rebates include, but is not limited to: permit costs, drilling charges, mobilization charges, pumps, well seals, pressure relief valves, pump control boxes, well casing, slotted well pipe, well system manifold piping, couplings, valves, sand installed, pump electrical wiring, conduit, automatic rain shutoff device, pressure tanks, and connection to irrigation system.

Items not eligible for rebate include, but are not limited to: irrigation spray heads, rotors, drip systems, pump replacements, iron removal systems, irrigation controls (for example, automatic timers).

Customer Agreement

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  • Applicant must be an existing potable water utility customer of the city of Tampa, city of St. Petersburg, city of New Port Richey, Pinellas County, Pasco County or Hillsborough County.
  • All applicable ordinances requiring the use of backflow prevention devices on any potable water source shall be met.
  • Hillsborough County residential water customers are required to install a Residential Dual Check valve at their potable water meter, which carries a one-time cost of $60. This device prevents accidental contamination of the potable water system and must be permitted and installed by Hillsborough County at the time of well installation.
  • Tampa Bay Water Wise reserves the right to verify installation. If the rebate inspector is unable to conduct a scheduled inspection to verify installation, the rebate check may not be issued.
  • Applicant must allow Tampa Bay Water Wise access to review the completed installation for up to two (2) years after a rebate check has been paid in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
  • 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.
  • Complete rebate applications submitted may take up to 30 days to be processed, approved and rebate checks sent out. Rebate approval is at the sole discretion of Tampa Bay Water Wise, and submission of a rebate application does not guarantee rebate approval.
  • In order to receive a rebate, applicants must fulfill application requirements, meet rebate criteria, and accept the customer agreement.
  • Rebate(s) will be issued as a check made payable to the account holder or homeowner. Checks will not be issued to third parties or contractors, unless designated by the homeowner with a general release form here.
  • New construction projects are not eligible.
  • Implementation of an alternative water source must completed on or after March 1, 2020, with applications submitted within 90 days of implementation.

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