March 2013 Tampa Water Department News

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Tampa’s Water Use Restrictions Change Effective March 13

Tightened water use restrictions for Tampa go into effect next week. Irrigation will be restricted to once weekly as a result of a Phase III Water Shortage declaration issued by the Southwest Florida Water Management District late last month.

“Conditions in the region have been drier than normal across the Tampa Bay area, and Tampa is being asked to do its part to keep conditions from worsening,” said Brad Baird, Tampa Water Department director. “As we transition to a once-a-week irrigation schedule, we encourage all residents, businesses, and visitors to voluntarily reduce water consumption and eliminate unnecessary and wasteful water use.”

Effective March 13, 2013, Tampa locations using City system water, well or surface water may irrigate one day a week, using the following schedule:

• Addresses ending in 0 or 1 may irrigation on Mondays
• Addresses ending in 2 or 3 may irrigation on Tuesdays
• Addresses ending in 4 or 5 may irrigation on Wednesdays
• Addresses ending in 6 or 7 may irrigation on Thursdays
• Addresses ending in 8 or 9 may irrigation on Fridays

Other changes to water use included in the District declaration include:

• Hand-watering and micro-irrigation on non-turf may occur any day but must be completed before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
• Fountains larger than 100 gallons in volume and other aesthetic water features may operate up to four hours per day, as posted. Fountains with a volume of less than 100 gallons may continue to be operated as necessary.
• Car washing is limited to once per week on the designated watering day for the location. Fund raiser car washes are prohibited unless the event is limited to one-day and were scheduled before the order was issued.

The use of reclaimed water is not affected by the increased watering restrictions.

“Homeowners and businesses will be able to make the changes to their irrigation controllers over this coming weekend, when they are resetting clocks to return to Eastern Daylight Savings time and installing fresh batteries,” Baird said. The City of Tampa will be providing a grace period between today and the March 13 effective date for locations using their once per week irrigation day.

Tampa residents are also encouraged to review their irrigation practices and to check to ensure that their irrigation system includes a properly functioning rain sensing device. Materials and information available to assist customers with identifying leaks, improving the efficiency of their irrigation system and calculating their water use are online at

Additional detailed information about City of Tampa restrictions is available online at or by calling (813) 274-8121. A recorded summary of the restrictions is available 24-hours-a-day by calling the Water Conservation Hotline at (813) 274-8032.

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