November 2010 Tampa Water Department News

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Remember To Check Timers On Irrigation System Controllers
It is time to adjust those irrigation controllers to accommodate the end of Daylight Saving Time. Tampa residents will be turning their clocks back one hour early on Nov. 7, to change from Daylight Saving to Eastern Standard Time. The Tampa Water Department reminds residents to also reset as necessary the timers on their irrigation system controllers to avoid a time-of-day water use restriction violation.

Resetting your irrigation controller provides a good opportunity to accomplish some simple preventive maintenance on your irrigation system. A few suggestions are:
Ensure the battery backup on your controller is operating properly to maintain system programming during power interruptions.
Test your rain sensor, or other required automatic rain shut-off device, for proper operation and settings.
Use the "manual" setting on your clock to turn on each sprinkler zone for a couple of minutes at a time. Check these items:
  • Misaligned heads: Adjust sprinkler heads that have shifted and are watering the street, driveway or building.
  • Obstructed heads: Make sure your pop-up sprinklers fully clear taller grass and plants. Check for heads that may have been grown over preventing them from fully extending.
  • Broken parts: Look for parts broken by your mower or foot traffic. Replace with identical parts for peak performance.
  • Head-to-head coverage: Each sprinkler's spray should just reach the next sprinkler head. Under-spray may result in dry spots, while over-spray wastes water.
Up to 10 minutes per zone of attended irrigation system testing is allowed during restricted hours under the current watering restrictions. Consult the restrictions for specifics. A complete Do It Yourself Sprinkler Checkup and a Rain Sensor Checkup are available online at

Tampa’s year-round irrigation restrictions remain in effect and are enforced 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. Irrigation is not allowed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and is limited to the designated days for that address. Irrigation days are determined by address numbers. Information on irrigation days is available online at or by calling Tampa's Water Restrictions Hotline at (813) 274-8032 for a recorded summary.
Manage Your Water Billwater bill
Tampa's average single-family residential account uses about 8 CCF per month (or about 6,000 gallons of water). You may use more or less based on the number of people living in your home and special water uses such as pools, seasonal lawn irrigation and household maintenance. Review your water use history (located on the left side of your bill) to determine if your current water use is uncharacteristic. The Water Use Calculator and the 7-day Drinking Water Challenge can help you determine your unique water use patterns.

Find ways to reduce your bill by using water efficiently at  

23rd Annual Hillsborough River and Waterways Cleanup

Each November, the City of Tampa and the Tampa Bay Beautification Program organize 1,000+ volunteers to clean the Hillsborough River and its shorelines of debris and non-native invasive plants. Volunteers are treated to breakfast at Lowry Park boat ramp prior to the cleanup and lunch following.
Join us for food, music, games, and educational booths. Learn about Tampa's water, Florida-friendly landscaping, water efficiency, recycling and other environmental topics. This year's event will be held Saturday, November 20, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Lowry Park boat ramp, 7525 North Boulevard.
For more information on this event or to volunteer, call (813) 221-8933 or visit the Tampa Bay Beautification website at (Flyer in PDF).

My Tampa Address
Map and locate, nearby Public Schools and Libraries, Fire Stations, Hospitals, and other points of interest for a specific City of Tampa address, as well as other address characteristics such as watering days and trash collection days. Limited information is available for Hillsborough County addresses (outside of city limits).
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