Not that you need any more water on your lawn, but water managers have loosened irrigation restrictions. Tampa and Hillsborough County residents can now legally water two days a week instead of just once. The change, which takes effect Thursday, comes after the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s decision on Tuesday to declare an end to all water shortage orders. Water managers said the restrictions were lifted after heavier-than-normal rainfall in recent weeks. In June, Tampa International Airport recorded 11.30 inches of rain, 4.62 inches above normal, according to News Channel 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann. July rainfall recorded at the airport is about 9.9 inches, slightly more than 3 inches above normal.
In Hillsborough County and Tampa, the watering days are dictated by addresses. The new watering schedule is as follows:
- 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
- Common areas with no address and locations with mixed addresses such as office complexes – Wednesdays and Saturdays
Watering still is restricted to the hours after 6 p.m. and after 8 a.m. and applies to all residents, even those on private wells. The only exception is those who use reclaimed water.
Hand-watering and low-volume irrigation is allowed at any time and there are no restrictions on washing cars or using a pressure-washer.
For more information, visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/WaterHillsboroughCounty.org/Water or call the Water Conservation Team at 813-272-5977, ext. 43991, during regular business hours.