Tampa’s Water Use Restrictions Change Effective December 26

  For Immediate Release

For additional information, contact:
  Brad Baird, P.E., Water Department Director
  Office: (813) 274-8663
  Cell: (813) 690-4101
  Fax: (813) 274-7435

Tampa’s Water Use Restrictions Change Effective December 26

Tampa, FL (December 17, 2013) - Tightened water use restrictions for Tampa go into effect next week. Irrigation will be restricted to once weekly as a result of a Phase II Water Shortage declaration issued by the Southwest Florida Water Management District  today.

“As we move into our dry season, river levels are declining, our rainfall has been below average, and Tampa’s supplemental water provider, Tampa Bay Water, has its regional reservoir offline for repairs,” said Brad Baird, Tampa Water Department director. “Moving to a once-a-week irrigation schedule and voluntarily reducing other water uses where possible is the smart thing to do.”

Effective next Thursday, December 26, 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

In addition to irrigation, the water shortage declaration places the following restrictions on outdoor recreational water use:

•             The use of sprinklers or sprinkler-like devices for recreational purposes is restricted to watering days and times for the location where in use.
•             The use of wading pools, water slides or other child-oriented recreation devices shall discharge or empty onto lawn or landscape requiring irrigation.

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

The water management district has advised that the Tampa Bay region moves further into the dry season, more aggressive water shortage actions may become necessary. Tampa residents are 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 tampagov.net/SaveWater.

Additional detailed information about City of Tampa restrictions is available online at tampagov.net/WaterRestrictions 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.

Tampa customers and citizens can be notified automatically about restrictions changes, upcoming workshops, conservation events and other Water Department information by subscribing to the Tampa Water Department's electronic newsletter, The Pipeline, at tampagov.net/water or the Water Department Real Simple Syndication (RSS) feed available at tampagov.net/appl_rss_feeds/  Irrigation information for specific Tampa addresses may be found at MyWateringDay.com.

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