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Watering limits return to Suncoast

Tribune staff report

Watering restrictions have returned for residents of Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District governing board, citing a water shortage, voted last week to issue the Phase II restrictions, reducing lawn watering to only once a week instead of two and under reduced hours.

Micro-irrigation and hand watering of non-lawn areas still are allowed any day.

The restrictions will continue until March 1.

“We are asking residents to be prudent with their water use, especially outdoor irrigation, at this time,” said District Chairman Carlos Beruff in a news release announcing the restrictions. “During the winter months you can often skip a week or more, as most lawns and landscape plants do not need as much water.”

Twice-a-week lawn watering schedules remain in effect for the other 13 counties in the district which stretches between Charlotte to Marion counties.

Tampa Water Department officials issued the following schedule for watering lawns:

• 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.

In addition to irrigation, officials have implemented the following restrictions on outdoor recreational water use:

• The use of sprinklers or sprinkler-like devices for recreational purposes is restricted to watering days and times for the location where they are in use.

• The use of wading pools, water slides or other child-oriented recreation devices must discharge or empty onto lawn or landscape requiring irrigation.

The use of reclaimed water is not affected by the increased watering restrictions, city officials said.

The department urged residents to review their irrigation practices and to check to make sure their irrigation systems include a properly functioning rain-sensing device.

More information about the restrictions are available online at or by calling (813) 274-8121. A recorded summary of the restrictions is available 24-hours-a-day on the Water Conservation Hotline at (813) 274-8032.

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