Tampa, Florida -- The City of Tampa announced tighter water use restrictions Thursday effective immediately.
Tampa residents and businesses using city's system water, well or surface water may irrigate one day a week only.
"Conditions continue to be drier than normal across the Tampa Bay area and Tampa is being asked to do its part to keep conditions from worsening," Brad Baird, Tampa Water Department director, said in a release. "As we transition to a once-a-week irrigation schedule, we encourage all residents, businesses, and visitors to voluntarily reduce water consumption and eliminate unnecessary and wasteful water use."
Tampa locations may irrigate using the following schedule:
- Addresses ending in 0 or 1 may irrigate on Mondays
- Addresses ending in 2 or 3 may irrigate on Tuesdays
- Addresses ending in 4 or 5 may irrigate on Wednesdays
- Addresses ending in 6 or 7 may irrigate on Thursdays
- Addresses ending in 8 or 9 may irrigate on Fridays
The newest restrictions are the result of a modified Phase II Water Shortage Emergency declaration issued by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. However, they do not include locations already affected by reclaimed water restrictions.
Other changes to water use included in the District declaration include:
- Hand-watering and micro-irrigation on non-turf may occur any day but must be completed before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
- Fountains and other aesthetic water features may operate up to four hours per day, as posted.
- Car washing is limited to once per week on the designated watering day for the location.
- Pressure washing for aesthetic purposes is limited to once annually and may be accomplished as needed for necessary purposes only.
For more information about City of Tampa restrictions you can call (813) 274-8121 or go online at www.TampaGov.net/waterrestrictions.