FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brandon Moorebmoore@tampabaywater.org727-796-2355 or 813-996-7009
Clearwater, Fla. — Tampa Bay Water, the University of Florida IFAS Extension and the Florida-friendly Landscaping™ program are accepting final entries for the 2017 Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards. The deadline is quickly approaching and Tampa Bay Water urges all applicants to apply today! The application is online at tampabaywaterwise.org and must be received by June 30, 2017.
Residents, businesses, and community organizations in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties are eligible to apply.
Winners receive a custom-made, mosaic landscape stepping stone created by local artist, Peggy Fuhler. The award is presented during a ceremony with county commissioners, city council members or mayors within their local governments.
Applicants only need to complete an easy, online application.
Each landscape entry is evaluated and scored on-site by a University of Florida IFAS County Extension representative during regular business hours; applicants are not required to be present for this evaluation.
Getting your hands on the award stepping stone requires balancing Florida-friendly plants and landscape elements with attractive design and minimal maintenance, as well as using water-efficient irrigation techniques that reduce water waste.
Winning landscapes represent the beauty and resiliency of our natural environment, and awards are given to those who are truly committed to conserving our water resources.
If your yard combines elements of beauty, creativity and water efficiency - don’t wait until the deadline, apply today! tampabaywaterwise.org
The Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards program is designed to recognize attractive, water-conserving landscapes in various water-use sectors (e.g., homes, businesses, industry and government). Moreover, the program seeks to identify actual examples of outstanding Florida-friendly, water-wise landscaping and to promote those principles within the community. tampabaywaterwise.org
Tampa Bay Water is the largest wholesale water supplier in Florida, providing high-quality drinking water to its members, who in turn, supply water to more than 2.4 million residents of the Tampa Bay area. Tampa Bay Water member governments include the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa, and the counties of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas. tampabaywater.org
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