Tampa’s Water Use Restrictions Change

05/29/17

Tightened water use restrictions for Tampa go into effect June 5. Irrigation will be restricted to once weekly as a result of a Modified Phase III Water Shortage declaration issued by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

 “Conditions in the region have been drier than normal across the Tampa Bay area, and Tampa is being asked to do its part to keep conditions from worsening,” said Chuck Weber, Tampa Water Department director.

 “As we transition to a once-a-week irrigation schedule, we encourage all residents, businesses, and visitors to voluntarily reduce water consumption and eliminate unnecessary and wasteful water use.”

 Tampa locations using City system water, well or surface water may irrigate one day a week, using the following schedule: 

  •  Addresses ending in 0 or 1 may irrigation on Mondays
  • Addresses ending in 2 or 3 may irrigation on Tuesdays
  • Addresses ending in 4 or 5 may irrigation on Wednesdays
  • Addresses ending in 6 or 7 may irrigation on Thursdays
  • Addresses ending in 8 or 9 may irrigation on Fridays
  • Locations with no address or mixed addresses on Fridays 

 Other changes to water use included in the District declaration include: 

  • Hand-watering and micro-irrigation on non-turf may occur any day at any time.
  • Fountain operation is limited to 8 hours daily, as posted.
  • Car washing is limited to once per week on the designated watering day for the location. Fund raiser car washes are prohibited unless the event scheduled before the order was issued.
  • Pressure washing is allowed once a year and for necessary purposes, such as prior to painting or sealing, in order to maintain a warranty.

Locations where reclaimed water is in use are not affected by the tightened water use restrictions.

Tampa residents are encouraged to review their irrigation practices and to check to ensure that their irrigation system includes a rain sensing device.  Free rain-sensors are available to City of Tampa water utility customers on request at TampaGov.net/SaveWater. 

Tampa’s water use restrictions are enforced inside Tampa city limits 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and extend to all water sources, including well and surface water. Citations are issued on first observance of a violation; no warnings are issued.  Violations of the water use restrictions may result in fines of up to $450 and mandatory court appearances.

Water use restrictions for Tampa Water Department customers residing in unincorporated Hillsborough County are established and enforced by Hillsborough County Water Resource Services. Information on Hillsborough County restrictions is available at (813) 275-7094.

Information about City of Tampa restrictions is available by calling (813) 274-8121 or online at TampaGov.net/WaterRestrictions.  A recorded summary of the restrictions is available 24-hours-a-day by calling the Water Conservation Hotline at (813) 274-8032. Customers located in Tampa’s reclaimed water service area can call (813) 282-7827 to inquire about service availability.

The Tampa Water Department has materials and information available to assist customers with identifying leaks, improving the efficiency of their irrigation system and calculating their water use. Customers can find this information, request free low-flow plumbing retrofit kits and other conservation items, and find tips and tools to help manage water consumption in their home or business online at TampaGov.net/SaveWater.

Be notified automatically about restrictions changes, upcoming workshops, conservation events and other Water Department information by subscribing to the Tampa Water Department's Customer Newsletter, The Pipeline, at www.tampagov.net/water.

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