Tampa's Water Use Restrictions Revert to Twice Weekly
Tampa water users are returning to a two-day-a-week watering allowance, effective August 1, 2012. The changes are a result of the expiration of a water shortage declaration issued in May by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The change effects locations using City system water, well or surface water.
Tampa locations may irrigate using the following schedule:
Addresses ending in 0, 1, 2 or 3 may irrigate on Mondays and/or Thursdays
Addresses ending in 4, 5 or 6 may irrigate on Tuesdays and/or Fridays
Addresses ending in 7, 8 or 9 may irrigate on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays
Locations with no address or with mixed addresses may irrigate on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays
Irrigation hours remain unchanged. Irrigation may be completed either between midnight and 8 a.m. or between 6 p.m. and midnight on allowed days. Other changes resulting from the expiration of the water shortage declaration include:
Hand-watering and micro-irrigation on non-turf may occur any day at any time.
Fountains and other aesthetic water features no longer have restricted hours of use.
Car washing may be done any day at any time.
Pressure washing may be done any day at any time.
Tampa residents are encouraged to review their irrigation practices, to check any timers they may have controlling irrigation on their properties and to ensure that their irrigation system includes a rain sensing device. Free rain-sensors are available to City of Tampa water utility customers on request at www.tampagov.net/savewater.
Tampa's water use restrictions are enforced inside Tampa city limits 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and extend to all water sources, including well and surface water. Citations are issued on first observance of a violation; no warnings are issued. Violations of the water use restrictions may result in fines of up to $450 and mandatory court appearances.
Water use restrictions for Tampa Water Department customers residing in unincorporated Hillsborough County are established and enforced by Hillsborough County Water Resource Services. Information on Hillsborough County restrictions is available at (813) 275-7094.
Information about City of Tampa restrictions is available by calling (813) 274-8121 or online at www.TampaGov.net/waterrestrictions. A recorded summary of the restrictions is available 24-hours-a-day by calling the Water Conservation Hotline at (813) 274-8032. Customers located in Tampa's reclaimed water service area can call (813) 282-7827 to inquire about service availability.
The Tampa Water Department has materials and information available to assist customers with identifying leaks, improving the efficiency of their irrigation system and calculating their water use. Customers can find this information, request free low-flow plumbing retrofit kits and other conservation items, and find tips on how to decrease water consumption in their home or business online at www.TampaGov.net/SaveWater.
Please note that some incorrect irrigation days were provided in the July 31 versions of this newsletter. We apologize for any inconvience or confusion this may cause.