May 2009 Tampa Water Department News

Pipeline - A Publication of the Tampa Water Department

Tampa Is Going To Phase IV Water Use Restrictions on June 1
Customers encouraged to check sprinklers
water sprinklers Beginning Monday users of City of Tampa-provided drinking water will be able to turn their sprinklers back on. Under the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (SWFWMD) Phase IV watering restrictions, all city customers using City-provided drinking water for irrigation will return to the permitted once a week irrigation day they had prior to April 3, 2009, with reduced hours and limits on low volume irrigation days. Locations using alternative water sources such as wells, lakes and ponds remain under the Phase III restrictions. 

Before turning their automatic sprinkler systems back on homeowners and business owners are encouraged to do a bit of maintenance by performing a visual check to make sure their system is running properly, check for leaks and perform a functional check of their rain sensing device. This maintenance will aid in detecting leaks, broken heads, missing/worn parts or other system malfunctions. Irrigation systems may be operated during restricted hours for maintenance purposes, but operation is limited to ten minutes per week and an attendant must remain visibly on site. A sprinkler system check list and other do-it-yourself irrigation information can be found online at

Under Phase IV restrictions inside Tampa City limits, at properties less than an acre in size using in-ground irrigation systems, established lawns and landscapes can be watered once a week: even addresses on Tuesday between midnight and 4 a.m.; and odd addresses and locations with no address on Sundays between midnight and 4 a.m. Turf grass irrigation for properties of any size, using a hand-held hose equipped with automatic shut-off nozzle or a hose equipped with a portable sprinkler is limited to the same once a week schedule by address, but irrigation can only be accomplished once between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. or between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on the permitted day.

Low-volume irrigation and hand-watering of non-turf landscape will be limited to three days a week: at even addresses on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays once between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. or between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.; at odd addresses and locations with no address, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays once between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. or between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. 

The new restrictions also prohibit most vehicle washing at residential properties and pressure washing unless done by a commercial establishment. Information on the Phase IV and other restrictions in effect is available at A recorded summary of the new restrictions is available by calling (813) 274-8032.  

Customers located in Unincorporated Hillsborough County will return to the permitted once a week irrigation day they had prior to April 3, 2009, and should call Hillsborough County Water Resources at (813) 275-7094 for more information about water restrictions applicable at their location.

For customers residing within Tampa’s reclaimed water service area now is the perfect time to get connected. Using reclaimed water helps conserve our drinking water supply and it does not have the same restrictions for irrigation. For more information about Tampa’s reclaimed water, visit or call (813) 282-7827.


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