Tighter water restrictions, including limiting lawn watering to once a week, are now in effect until further notice.
The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board made the decision to conserve water resources in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties due to below normal rainfall, reduced river levels and increasing water supply concerns.
The restrictions apply to all residents and most water sources, which includes private wells, and ponds or lakes used as alternate irrigation supplies.
The new schedule for watering established lawns and landscaping in unincorporated Hillsborough County are:
• Addresses ending in 0 or 1 – Mondays
• Addresses ending in 2 or 3 – Tuesdays
• Addresses ending in 4 or 5 – Wednesdays
• Addresses ending in 6 or 7 – Thursdays
• Addresses ending in 8 or 9, locations with no address and locations with mixed addresses, including office complexes and shopping centers – Fridays
All watering must be done before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
Reclaimed water customers are exempt from the water restrictions, although they are encouraged to use only what they need.
Other highlights of the move include:
Residents may water plants and shrubs by hand or use a drip irrigation system in landscaping beds on any day at any time. New sod and landscaping may be watered on any day before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on days 1-30. On days 31-60, they may be watered three days a week before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. – even-numbered addresses on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and odd-numbered addresses on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. New sod and landscaping at common areas, mixed addresses and locations with no address may be hand-watered on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday.
Vehicles can be washed on any day at any time with the use of a self-canceling nozzle on garden-type hoses. There are no additional restrictions for pressure washing and decorative fountains. And homeowners associations cannot require pressure washing, lawn replacement or other activities requiring additional water use.
The tighter restrictions are in place until at least March 1.
For complete information, visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org/water.