The SWFWMD Board has approved a move to tighten water restrictions and move to a Stage IV water ban for those who are being serviced by Tampa Bay Water. The tighter restrictions are as follows:
First, the changes described below will only apply to the customers of member governments, other utilities that purchase water from member governments, either directly or indirectly, and the customers of other utilities that are exceeding their permitted quantities (Aloha and Mad Hatter utilities in Pasco County). Persons using other sources of water, either private well water or water from other utilities, remain under the current Modified Phase 3 restrictions.
Lawn and landscape (non-low volume) irrigation, under 1 acre, using an in-ground irrigation system (rotors and sprays) - limited to one day per week (same days as currently), the hours are restricted to between midnight to 4 a.m.
Lawn and landscape (non-low volume) irrigation, 1 acre or greater, using an in-ground irrigation system (rotors and sprays) - limited to one day per week (same days as currently), the hours are restricted to between midnight to 4 a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight
Handwatering, or irrigating with hoses with attachments, of lawns, any size area, limited to one-day per week, the hours are restricted to between 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Handwatering and microirrigation of landscapes, any size area, limited to 3 days per week (the Order will specify the days by address), the hours are restricted to between 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
All fountains and other water-based aesthetic features are prohibited
Residential and charity fund raising car washing is prohibited unless partnered with a commercial car washing facitlity
Pressure washing - non-commercial uses prohibited
Public spaces in buildings with water-based cooling must be kept at or above 78 degrees Fahrenheit
The establishment period for new lawns does not change (first 15 days any day; next 15 days 3 times per week, by address). The establishment period for landscapes is first 15 days allowed any day; next 30 days allowed 3 times per week (by address); next 15 days twice per week (by address).
Stay tuned for more updates. The climate prediction for the next 3 months are showing below average rainfall for the area!