water supply

Source Water Protection Mini-Grant Program

Get involved, Get Funded.

Tampa Bay Water can’t protect your drinking water alone and source water protection isn’t just for utilities and regulators. Communities and individual citizens also need to do their part to protect the quality of our drinking water.

That’s why we offer a Source Water Protection Mini-Grant Program. Tampa Bay Water offers mini-grants to help fund projects and events sponsored by local community groups, non-profit groups, schools and universities that help promote protection of the region’s drinking water sources. Grants range from $2,000 to $10,000 and fund community-based activities that help protect regional drinking water sources and the ecosystem from pollution and contamination.

Applications are accepted August 1 through November 15 each year.

If you or someone you know might like to get involved in a source water protection project, find more information in our brochure and when you’re ready, complete a mini-grant application.

The application deadline has passed for 2017. Please check back in August 2017 to submit an application for 2018.


Protecting our Water Sources at Home

Even if you don’t have the time to execute a broad-scale source water protection project, you can do your part at home. These basic housekeeping practices will make a great impact on our future water supply one task at a time.

  • Carefully handle potentially dangerous substances and properly use and store chemicals.
  • Limit your use of fertilizer applications on lawns and gardens.
  • Take used oil motor to the recycling center.
  • Properly close unused wells.
  • Regularly pump and inspect septic tanks.
  • Plant vegetation on bare spots of the soil, particularly on slopes, to prevent excess runoff.
  • If your schedule permits, take part in source water protection discussions and activities.
  • Adopt Low Impact Development design methods.
  • Review more detailed examples of Backyard Conservation Methods and Best Management Practices.