Water shortage in Pinellas county has officials cracking down on wasteful watering

Posted at 4:29 AM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-08 06:38:16-04

Pinellas County is running low on water and wants you to start conserving it.

Tom Lagare lives in Palm Harbor and is very proud of his lawn - he's also trying his best to use as little water as possible when watering it.

"You try to water what has the most exposure to the sun," said Lagare.

One spot at a time, he identifies the driest points of his lawn and saturates the with water but says he leaves areas shaded by trees alone.

"If that's what you got to do to restrict the water usage and control the water usage that's what you have to do," he said.

Pinellas County says customers can only water their lawn twice a week and never between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Lagare says most of his neighbors seem to comply with the rules.

"Most of the ones I see that are watering, or watering at night so they are trying to do where it's not going to evaporate very quickly and get that ground cover and saturation," he said.

Because Pinellas county is in a drought, it plans on cracking down on wasteful and unnecessary water usage. An example of unnecessary water usage is allowing water to flow from a busted sprinkler head or pipe, signs include bubbling from the sprinkler or flooding.

You also want to make sure you check your hoses and spigot for leaks, and as soon as you leave. The county says you need to turn the spigot off, never leaving it unattended.

"Not only is it the fact that you're depleting the water supply but it's also the cost factor too," said Lagare.

Officials say if the drought conditions get worse - people need to prepare for even more restrictions.

To see when you can water your grass click here.