Water Use Restrictions
The Tampa Water Department publishes updates and changes to local water restrictions in these ways: media releases, Twitter, Facebook, RSS feeds, informational Alert Tampa emails, "The Pipeline" electronic newsletter, email blasts to registered Neighborhood Association contacts, and utility customer billing inserts. Water use restrictions are in place year-round to help ensure a sufficient quantity of drinking water for the Tampa community. Violating water use restrictions in Tampa may result in penalties ranging from $100 to $450 and a mandatory court appearance. Restrictions are subject to change in response to local and regional water supply conditions.
Using water efficiently can help you manage your utility costs. Tampa's Schedule of Rates includes a multi-tier rate structure where the price of each billing unit of water increases as the quantity of water used in a billing cycle increases. This means that using more water will result in a higher utility bill due to the increased tier charges.
Water use restrictions for customers located outside Tampa city limits are enforced by Hillsborough County Code Enforcement. Call Hillsborough County at (813) 245-7094 or 274-6600 for more information.
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Water use for all water sources, except reclaimed water, (including but not limited to: public, private, well, pond, lake, and harvested rainwater) inside the Tampa city limits is restricted year-round under Tampa Code Sec. 26-97 and Chapter 40D-22, F.A.C.
Restrictions are in place for water uses including (but not limited to) irrigation of new and established landscapes, low-volume micro-irrigation, hand watering, irrigation system maintenance, and chemical treatments.
Irrigation of established lawns
landscaping (non-turf) is allowed up to TWICE PER WEEK, on assigned days. All irrigation must be
accomplished between 12:01 a.m. and 8 a.m. OR between 6 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on
the allowed day. Any one zone of a property
may only be watered once during an allowable day, NOT both in the morning and
again in the evening.
These restrictions apply to all water sources, except
water, although reclaimed water customers are encouraged to use only what they need.
Watering of landscapes using an in-ground irrigation system (rotor and spray sprinkler heads) or a hose equipped with a portable sprinkler is limited to the same twice-per-week schedule. The same lawn area may not be watered by multiple means, such as using an irrigation system and a hand-held hose to water the same area twice on the same day.
All irrigation must be accomplished between midnight and 8 a.m. OR between 6 p.m. and midnight on the allowed day. Any one zone of a property may only be watered once during an allowable day, NOT both in the morning and again in the evening. No irrigation is permitted between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on any day.
Hand-watering and micro-irrigation of flower beds, shrubs and other plants (other than lawn) may be done on any day, during any hours. Remember to use an automatic shutoff nozzle when using a garden hose.
Irrigation of New Lawns and Landscaping:
rules for watering new lawns (including sod, seed, plugs, etc.) and all
Note: All irrigation must be accomplished between midnight and 8 a.m. OR
between 6 p.m. and midnight on the allowed days.
Sprinkler System or Hand Water? - New plant material must cover at least 50 percent of an irrigation zone in order to water with an in-ground sprinkler system during the initial establishment period. If not, the new plant material must be hand watered. (Example: If you purchased one flat of grass plugs to place throughout your front yard to fill in bare spots, this would not cover 50 percent of an irrigation zone. Hand watering would be required.) Even if you water by hand, you must follow the same guidelines for new lawn establishment.
Use hand watering or micro-irrigation technology to meet the needs of potted plants, flower beds, shrubs, or specimen trees if they will require more than twice-per-week watering after the first 60 days.
(page last reviewed: 07/31/13)