Lawn watering in Hillsborough Co. returns to twice a week starting August 1

Posted at 1:31 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 13:31:08-04

Beginning Tuesday, August 1, Hillsborough County residents will return to normal regulations of lawn watering twice a week.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board took action to allow the Phase III Water Shortage declaration to expire August 1, returning the region to year-round restrictions.

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Effective Tuesday (August 1), the new schedule for watering established lawns and landscaping in unincorporated Hillsborough County, as well as the City of Tampa, is:

  • Addresses ending in 0, 1, 2 or 3 - Mondays and Thursdays
  • Addresses ending in 4, 5 or 6 - Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Addresses ending in 7, 8 or 9 - Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Locations with no address (common areas) and locations with mixed addresses (such as office complexes and shopping centers) - Wednesdays and Saturdays

All watering must be done before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., and only once on your designated days.

The restrictions apply to all residents - not just customers of public utilities - and most water sources. That includes private wells, and ponds or lakes that are used as alternate irrigation supplies.

Hand Watering - Hand-watering and low-volume irrigation of plant material other than lawns or turfgrass may be done on any day and at any time.

New Sod and Landscaping - New sod and landscaping may be watered on any day for the first 30 days. All watering of new sod and landscaping must be done before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. An irrigation system zone can only be operated if the new sod or plant material covers at least 50 percent of that zone.

  • On days 31-60, new sod and landscaping may be watered approximately every other day
  • Even-numbered addresses on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
  • Odd-numbered addresses, locations with no address and locations with mixed addresses on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

Decorative Fountains, Car Washing, Pressure Washing - No restrictions; however, homeowner associations and property management companies cannot enforce deed restrictions which would cause an increase in water use; for example, they cannot require pressure washing for aesthetic purposes, not require replacement of plant materials to meet community standards.

Reclaimed Water - Reclaimed water customers are exempt from the water restrictions, although these customers are encouraged to use only what they need.

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