Tampa Included in Regional Water Shortage Order

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Tampa is included in a Phase I water shortage declaration for the Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas tri-county area.  All water users in the shortage area are asked to reduce any unnecessary water use and to prepare for tightened irrigation restrictions if extreme dry conditions continue.

“During the current dry season, surface and ground water levels are declining and our rainfall has been below average,” said Chuck Weber, Tampa Water Department director. “Any voluntary reductions in water use our customers can make will help us continue to meet local water needs.

“While all reductions in use help, the two areas where our customers can make the biggest contribution are irrigation management and leak detection and repair. Those are the areas where we usually see the greatest water use inefficiencies.”

The Southwest Florida Water Management District advises that as the Tampa Bay region moves further into the dry season, more aggressive water shortage actions may become necessary.

Tampa residents are encouraged to review their irrigation practices and to check to ensure that their irrigation system includes a properly functioning rain sensing device. Materials and information available to assist customers with identifying leaks, improving the efficiency of their irrigation system and calculating their water use are online at tampagov.net/SaveWater.

Information to help Tampa water users identify and address leaks is available online at Tampagov.net/fixleaks.

Tampa homeowners and business owners can be notified automatically about restrictions changes by subscribing to the Tampa Water Department's electronic newsletter, The Pipeline, at tampagov.net/water.

Irrigation information for specific Tampa addresses may be found at MyWateringDay.com and at TampaGov.net/waterrestrictions.