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.
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.
For More Information:
- Visit Southwest Florida Water Management District's website for more detailed information on water restrictions.
- Stay up to date on Hillsborough County water restrictions by visiting HCFLGov.net/WaterRestrictions
- For a recorded message about the restrictions, call (813) 275-7094.
- For other questions, call the Water Conservation Team at (813) 272-5977, ext. 43991, during regular business hours.