Outdoor Tips

You already know to follow water restrictions and to take advantage of reclaimed water whenever possible. There are other things you can do to save water outdoors, however.

Native Plants
Florida-friendly native plantings are not only beautiful but drought tolerant.

Creating a Florida-friendly landscape is one of them. When choosing plants for your yard or garden, try to pick natives or drought-tolerant varieties. Native plants are accustomed to the climate we experience here in the Tampa Bay region, so they require less maintenance and water. Grouping your plants according to their light, nutrient and water requirements will also help reduce the need for maintenance.


"Conservation and education of the public is very important."

John Heuer

You can also save water by using mulch around your plant beds and cutting your grass with the highest setting on the mower. Both of these practices help the soil retain moisture longer, reducing your need to water. Cutting your grass at a higher setting will also encourage a stronger root system, which will better capture and filter pollutants that may run off during a rainstorm.

Many more tips on how to create a water-wise yard can be found on the University of Florida’s IFAS Extension Service website. The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s website includes great info, too.

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Throughout this website, you’ll have the opportunity to play small videos of people who were involved in shaping Tampa Bay’s water policy. They include activists, elected officials, lawyers and experts. All of them were involved in what is called, “Tampa Bay’s Water Wars.” We thought you’d like to hear what they have to say in their own words. We think you’ll appreciate their very different perspectives.

Meet the Experts