March 2009 Tampa Water Department News

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Remember To Check Timers On Irrigation System Controllers

The Tampa Water Department reminds residents to check the timers on their irrigation system controllers when they turn their clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night (3/7/09) to change from Eastern Standard to Daylight Saving Time. Residents also may want to take the opportunity to ensure the battery backups on their controllers are operating properly to maintain system programming during power interruptions.

Tampa’s one-day-a-week irrigation restrictions remain in effect and are enforced 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. Water restrictions inside Tampa’s city limits allow residents with addresses ending in an even number (or letters A – M) to water on Tuesdays only, and addresses ending in an odd number (or letters N – Z) to
water on Sundays only. Watering is limited to a complete irrigation cycle and is not allowed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on your designated day. 

irrigation controller

In addition to Tampa’s water use restrictions, the recent Executive Order SWF 08-044 by the Southwest Florida Water Management District prohibits all hand watering, micro-irrigation and other low-volume irrigation between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties, including the City of Tampa.

Tampa Water Department customers who live outside of the city limits should call Hillsborough County at (813) 275-7094 or visit for approved irrigation days and times.

Please do not risk receiving a water use violation citation because your irrigation system controller timer is not set correctly. Warnings are not issued; citations are written on the first observance of a violation. A citation along with a $100 fine is issued for a first violation. Subsequent violations may result in fines of up to $450, a mandatory court appearance and court costs.

Area water use restrictions extend beyond irrigation to include all outdoor water use. The entire 10-page Emergency Water Use Restriction Ordinance 2006-104 and information about additional regional restrictions recently placed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District can be found online at Water use restrictions can change in response to local and regional water supply conditions. Residents are advised to keep current on local restrictions by visiting or calling Tampa’s Water Restriction Hotline at (813) 274-8032.

For more information about using water efficiently indoors and outdoors, please visit the Tampa Water Department’s Conservation Web site at, or call 274-8121 to request free information.


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