June 2009 Tampa Water Department News

Pipeline - A Publication of the Tampa Water Department


Water Restrictions Remain In Place

sprinklers on Bayshore Blvd

On June 23, the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board voted to continue the Modified Phase IV (or Critical) Water Shortage restrictions for potable water use in the Tampa Bay Water service area until July 31, 2009.

"While the region is out of the immediate crisis, we are still contending with the effects of the long-term drought," said David Moore, District executive director. "The May rainfall helped but the summer rainy season hasn't begun. We're going to monitor conditions closely over the next month before easing any of the restrictions."

The Phase IV restrictions apply to the use of potable (drinking) water provided by Tampa Bay Water's six member governments: Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and the cities of Tampa, New Port Richey and St. Petersburg. Cities and private utilities that receive water from one of the six member governments must also follow the restrictions.

Under the revised Phase IV order, lawn watering remains limited to the same once-per-week schedule from midnight to 4 a.m. for properties less than one acre. The restrictions also prohibit most vehicle washing at residential properties and pressure washing unless done by a commercial establishment.

Residents in the three-county area using other sources of water, such as private well water or water from other utilities, remain under Modified Phase III restrictions declared in October 2008.

Information on the restrictions in effect in Tampa is available at www.TampaGov.net/WaterRestrictions. A recorded summary of irrigation restrictions is available by calling (813) 274-8032.  

Tampa Bay Region (Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties) Critical Alert:
Customers of several water utilities in the tri-county Tampa Bay area will remain under the District's Modified Phase IV (or Critical) Water Shortage restrictions. While the region did receive above normal rainfall in May and aquifer levels are in the low normal range, lakes are still averaging about 2.48 feet below the lowest normal readings. Although river flows rebounded into the normal range in response to the May rain, these flows have been declining in recent weeks. Tampa Bay Water only recently started refilling its 15-billion-gallon reservoir. Tampa Bay Water and Aloha Utilities needed to heavily pump wellfields to meet demand this spring, causing them to exceed pumping limits that are intended to provide environmental protection.



Many of us do not know how much water we really use everyday in our homes and businesses. Knowing your water consumption is a first step on the path to saving water. The average American uses approximately 125 gallons of water a day -- much of that is used for bathing, cleaning and irrigation. Tampa's single-family water customers use an average of 6,000 gallons of water a month, or 8 billing units. Take the 7-Day Drinking Water Challenge to see how you stack up.

Kitchen low-flow aerator

By using water efficiently you may also save money. Tampa's Schedule of Rates includes a multi-tier rate structure where the price of water increases as certain volumes are used. This means that using more water will result in a higher utility bill due to the increased tier charges. Additionally, during times when demand is high and Tampa's own resources can no longer meet customer demand the City purchases water from Tampa Bay Water, a regional wholesale provider. The Tampa Bay Water Pass-Through Charge is a surcharge to recover the difference between what we pay Tampa Bay Water and what it costs us to produce water at our own facilities. 

Find ways to 'Reduce Your Use' online at www.TampaGov.net/SaveWater.

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 www.TampaGov.net/ReclaimedWater or call (813) 282-7827.


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