Is your landscaping the envy of the neighborhood – not just because of its beauty, but also because it is Florida-friendly and water-efficient? Then you need to enter the Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards.
For the past 16 years, the Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards program has recognized those homeowners and businesses committed to conserving water and protecting the environment by using the most water-efficient landscaping practices.
To enter the contest, or for more information, visit tampabaywaterwise.org.
If your current landscaping isn’t quite up to snuff to enter this year’s contest, but you would like to make your home or business more “Water-Wise,” it’s easier than you might think.
Tampa Bay Water has developed a six-part video series that highlights previous winners of the Water-Wise Award, and provides tips on how you can make your landscaping more water-efficient and Florida-friendly. Who knows, maybe next year you will be one of our winners!
The first in the series discusses the importance of stormwater runoff prevention in your landscaping. Simply put, stormwater runoff is the rain that does not soak into the ground, buildings, parking lots and walkways where it falls. Instead, it runs into storm sewers, which ultimately lead to waterways, taking with it all the pesticides, chemicals, grass clippings and other garbage it has picked up along the way.
Florida-friendly landscaping can reduce the amount of stormwater runoff drastically. In this video, previous winners discuss numerous ways they have reduced stormwater runoff in their own yards. Here are a few tips:
For more information on how you can make your landscape “Water-Wise,” or to learn more about the contest, visit tampabaywaterwise.org.
Stormwater Runoff Prevention
This is the first in a five-part series from Tampa Bay Water.
Part 2: The Right Plant in the Right Place
Part 3: Smart Irrigation Techniques Can Result in Substantial Water Savings
Part 4: Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away…Save it for Another Day!
Part 5: Let Your Landscaping Go Native