Water Use Restrictions

Water Use Restrictions

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board voted on April 25, 2017, to declare a Phase I Water Shortage for all 16 counties throughout the District’s boundaries. Tampa is included in this area.

A Phase I water shortage order is put in place to alert the public that watering restrictions could be forthcoming. Phase I water shortage order does not change allowable watering schedules, however it does prohibit “wasteful and unnecessary” water use.

"Wasteful and unnecessary" water use is defined in Southwest Florida Water Management District Rule 40D-22 in this way:

  • Allowing water to flow from an unattended hose, unless that water is discharged from a functional water-to-air air conditioning unit, residential reverse osmosis treatment system, or similar device.
  • Hand Watering a lawn on an otherwise restricted day or more than once a day, except when used for Spot Treatment or other practices specified in this rule.
  • Hosing-down a driveway or other impervious surface to remove grass clippings or other debris that can be removed with a broom or other dry methods.
  • Hosing-down a building or other structure to remove cobwebs or other material that can be removed with a broom or other dry methods.
  • Allowing water to flow from a broken sprinkler head, outdoor faucet, or other malfunctioning plumbing or irrigation system component, after receiving verbal or written notice of the malfunction from the District, water utility, or local government.

Summary of Tampa's Year-Round Water Use Restrictions

Year-Round Watering Days 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

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The Tampaa Water Department publishes updates and changes to local water restrictions in these ways: media releases, Alert Tampa notification, "The Pipelineelectronic 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.

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       

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: