Water Use Restrictions

Water Use Restrictions

Irrigation in Tampa is limited to once weekly effective June 5, 2017. The tightening of restrictions is the result of action taken by the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board on May 23, 2017, in response to drier-than-normal conditions and stressed water resources.

Current Water Use Restrictions Fact Sheet

 Once Weekly Watering Days 

  • At addresses ending in 0 or 1 -  Mondays;
  • At addresses ending in 2 or 3 -  Tuesdays;

  • At addresses ending in 4 or 5 -  Wednesdays;

  • At addresses ending in 6 or 7 -  Thursdays;

  • At addresses ending in 8 or 9 -  Fridays;

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

  • 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 other water uses, including irrigation of new and established landscapes, low-volume micro-irrigation, hand watering, irrigation system maintenance, chemical treatments, car washing, fountain operation and power washing, are provided in the current water restrictions fact sheet

  • 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 Tampa 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: