April Is Water Conservation Month - Checking for leaks and using rain sensors can help you irrigate more efficiently

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Communities throughout Florida are celebrating April as Water Conservation Month. Locally, April is typically a dry month when water demands are increasing and water supplies are decreasing.

The City of Tampa depends almost entirely on the Hillsborough River for its water needs, and seasonal changes in rainfall can significantly impact the amount of water available. The Tampa Water Department calls on every business and all residents to work together to make long-term changes that increase water use efficiency.

One simple way to reduce unnecessary water use is to routinely inspect irrigation systems for leaks, mis-directed heads and appropriate run times. Additionally, installing and properly maintaining a rain sensor on automatic irrigation systems will interrupt programmed irrigation cycles when sufficient rainfall has occurred.

To help customers manage their water consumption, the Tampa Water Department offers water efficiency tools and information - including free toilet leak detection tablets, low-flow plumbing fixtures and rain sensors. Please visit us online at www.TampaGov.net/SaveWater or contact us at (813) 274-8121 to see how we can work together to conserve our water resources.

Be notified automatically about changes to restrictions, upcoming workshops, conservation events and other Water Department information by subscribing to the Tampa Water Department's Customer E-Newsletter, The Pipeline, at www.TampaGov.net/Water or the Water Department Real Simple Syndication (RSS) feed available at http://www.tampagov.net/news/feed/water .