Water-Wise awards open for nominations

Do you think your landscape is both eye-catching and water-efficient?

If you do, you may want to enter the 2018 Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards.

Winners will receive a custom-made mosaic landscape stepping stone, as well as recognition from local elected officials.

And, of course, they’ll earn neighborhood bragging rights, too.

Tampa Bay Water, in partnership with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) county extension offices and the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program, is looking to recognize residents, local businesses and community organizations that are committed to conserving water resources, and protecting the environment by using best practice to create attractive, water-efficient landscaping.

The program is a way to engage with the community and encourage the efficient use of water resources, and to protect drinking water sources from pollution.

All entries will be reviewed by representatives of the UF’s IFAS County Extension. On-site evaluations will be scheduled for all submissions that meet the core criteria.

Winning the coveted award requires the act of balancing Florida-friendly plants and landscape elements with attractive design and minimal maintenance, as well as using efficient irrigation techniques that reduce water use.

For more information and to apply by June 30, visit TampaBayWaterWise.org.

Published May 2, 2018

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