December 2010 Tampa Water Department News

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Tampa Water Department Provides Free Resources During Moderate Water Shortage Phase

The Tampa Water Department has free resources available to help City of Tampa customers accomplish the check up of their irrigation system required as part of the Southwest Florida Water Management District Phase I Water Shortage Order that took effect December 1, 2010.

During the Phase I Water Shortage all water users are asked to: voluntarily reduce indoor water use; test and repair or adjust each irrigation system to address broken pipes and other leaks, damaged or tilted sprinkler heads, and other sources of water waste; and continue to follow the year-round water conservation measures.

A Do-It-Yourself Sprinkler Checkup, a Rain Sensor Checkup and a request form for a free rain sensor are available for customers online at Customers can also request a rain sensor and the checkup information by calling (813) 274-8121.

The City of Tampa's primary water resource is the Hillsborough River. At the end of November, as the region entered the typical winter dry season, the Tampa Water Department began purchasing supplemental water from the regional supplier Tampa Bay Water. Voluntary conservation by our customers will help our region get through the upcoming dry months.

Weekly updates on Tampa's water supply and demand, water efficiency tips and tools, water use restrictions, and links for free customer conservation materials are available at

The Tampa Water Department serves a 211-square mile area with a service population of approximately 570,000 people. The Tampa Water Department’s mission is to provide superior drinking water and reclaimed water services to its customers.



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