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Last call for entries in Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards

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CLEARWATER — Tampa Bay Water, the University of Florida IFAS Extension and the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program are accepting final entries for the 2018 Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards. The deadline is quickly approaching and Tampa Bay Water urges all applicants to apply today! The application is available at and must be received by June 30.

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 a local artist and the award is presented during a ceremony with county commissioners, city council members or mayors within their local governments.

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 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 use.

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 at

About the Community Water-Wise Awards

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. To learn more, visit