Hillsborough County officials have agreed to new, tighter water restrictions that kick in starting March 13, a change that requires Greater Brandon area residents to switch from a two-day-a-week watering schedule to once-a-week watering.
Word from Hillsborough County Pubic Utilities is that the change follows the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (SWFWMD) recent decision to enact Phase III water restrictions throughout Tampa Bay starting March 13, said Michelle VanDyke, spokeswoman for the county’s water department.
The district’s decision was prompted by several factors:
- Rainfall amounts were 3.5 inches below normal in the Tampa Bay area in January and February.
- Ongoing renovations at Tampa Bay Water’s C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir, which is causing the agency to rely solely on its desalination plant and regional wellfields to meet the water demands of residents throughout Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.
As of March 13, Hillsborough County Public Utilities water customers in the the Greater Brandon area will be asked to follow a new schedule for watering their lawns. The new restrictions will enable potable water users to irrigate their lawns before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on their designated day.
“Any one zone of a property may only be watered once during the allowable day, NOT both in the morning and evening,” a county watering restriction fact sheet states. The rules do not apply to reclaimed water users, but they do apply to those using surface water and private wells for irrigation. (See the attached PDF for more details.)
Here’s the schedule:Address Ends in the Number . . .
Day of the Week 0 or 1 Monday 2 or 3 Tuesday 4 or 5 Wednesday 6 or 7 Thursday 8 or 9 Friday
Locations with mixed, or no addressesFriday
For more information about watering restrictions in Hillsborough County, visit the county’s water department online. Keep in mind the website reflects information pertaining to the two-day-a-week restrictions that are in place until March 13.