Water Use Restrictions

Water Use Restrictions

The Tampa Water Department publishes updates and changes to local water restrictions in these ways: media releases, Alert Tampa notification, "The Pipeline" electronic newsletter*, email blasts to registered Neighborhood Association contacts, RSS feeds and utility customer billing inserts.  Water use restrictions are in place year-round and affect all water sources, including wells. 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.  *"The Pipeline" now is a menu option available to Alert Tampa subscribers.

Year-Round Watering Days 

Water use restrictions for City customers located outside Tampa city limits should follow restrictions in effect for the jurisdiction where the water is in use, such as unincorporated Hillsborough County or City of Temple Terrace. Links for information for surrounding areas may be found at MyWateringDay.com

Summary of Tampa's Year-Round Water Use Restrictions

  • At addresses ending in 0, 1, 2  or 3 - Mondays and/or Thursdays;
  • At addresses ending in 4, 5 or 6 - Tuesdays and/or Fridays;

  • At addresses ending in 7, 8 or 9 - Wednesdays and/or Saturdays;

  • At locations with no address (common areas, entry areas), and locations with mixed addresses (office complexes, shopping centers) -  Wednesdays and/or Saturdays.

  • Irrigation is permitted between midnight and 8 a.m. OR between 6 p.m. and midnight on the allowed days. 
  • Restrictions are in place for water uses including (but not limited to) irrigation of new and established landscapes, low-volume microirrigation, hand watering, irrigation system maintenance, and chemical treatments. 

              8 Things to Know About Irrigating New Lawns and Landscape

              Seasonal Irrigation Scheduling

              Tips to Avoid an Irrigation Citation

  • These restrictions apply to all water sources, except reclaimed water and non-turf areas where low-volume (maximum 30 gallon per hour) emitters are in use.

For specific information about other water use restrictions in place under Tampa Code Sec. 26-97, and Chapter 40D-22, F.A.C.  refer to the reference documents: