August 2013 Tampa Water Department News

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Tampa Returns to Year-Round Irrigation Allowances on August 1


Residents and businesses in the City of Tampa return to twice-per-week irrigation allowances August 1. The Southwest Florida Water Management District allowed the Phase III water use restrictions for the Tampa Bay Area, in place since March, to expire on July 31.

The following year-round irrigation days are now in effect for locations inside Tampa’s municipal limits:

  • Locations with addresses ending in 0, 1, 2 or 3 can irrigate on Mondays and/or Thursdays
  • Locations ending in 4, 5 or 6 can irrigate on Tuesdays and/or Fridays
  • Locations ending in 7, 8 or 9 can irrigate on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays
  • Locations with no address, such as common areas, and business complexes with mixed addresses can irrigate on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays.

Irrigation remains prohibited between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on any day within the City of Tampa.

Irrigation day and time restrictions do not apply to locations using reclaimed water, micro-irrigation, or hand-watering non-turf plants using a garden hose nozzle.

Also lifted are the Phase III restrictions on fountain operations, car washing and recreational use.

For additional information on Tampa’s irrigation days and water use restrictions please visit or call (813) 274-8032.

Although Tampa and Hillsborough County have the same irrigation days, other rules, such as permitted times and maintenance allowances, do differ. Tampa utility customers located outside the municipal limits should contact Hillsborough County at (813) 275-7094 for additional details on water use restrictions.

While these changes take effect immediately, the City of Tampa will issue warnings through the month of August; account and property owners mistakenly watering on the old once per week watering day will not be issued a citation during this period. However, citations for time of day violations and other water use violations will continue to be issued on first observance. Citations on first observance for all observed violations will resume on September 1, 2013.

While resetting their irrigation controller, water customers are asked to test their rain sensing device and check for leaks in their sprinkler system. Having a properly functioning rain sensor, soil moisture sensor or smart controller can help avoid needless watering during and after rain events. More water efficiency tips and assistance is available online at


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