For media use only:
Michelle Van Dyke
Telephone: 813-272-5977 ext. 43248
Hillsborough County may have gotten some rain overnight, but
effective immediately, tighter water restrictions are now in
effect. That includes limiting lawn watering to once a
The Southwest Florida Water Management District has declared
a Modified Phase II Water Shortage for the Tampa Bay area,
including Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. The
declaration is in response to drier-than-normal conditions
following last year's below-average rainfall, which has
caused low water levels throughout the district's 16-county
The new schedule for watering established lawns and
landscaping throughout Hillsborough County, including the
cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace, is:
Addresses ending in 0 or 1 - Mondays
Addresses ending in 2 or 3 - Tuesdays
Addresses ending in 4 or 5 - Wednesdays
Addresses ending in 6 or 7 - Thursdays
Addresses ending in 8 or 9, locations with no address, and
locations with mixed addresses (such as office complexes
and shopping centers) - Fridays
All watering must be done before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
The tighter 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.
Reclaimed water customers are exempt from the water
restrictions, although these customers are encouraged to use
only what they need.
Other highlights of the Modified Phase II Water Shortage
Hand-watering- residents may hand-water plants and shrubs,
or use a drip irrigation system in landscaping beds, on any
day - but only before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
New sod and landscaping- Days 1-30, may be watered any day.
Days 31-60, watered approximately every other day -
even-numbered addresses on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday;
odd-numbered addresses on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
An irrigation system zone can only be watered if the new
material comprises at least 50 percent of that zone.
Vehicle washing- commercial car washes and fundraising car
washes are allowed at any time. Individuals may wash
vehicles once a week, on the designated watering day for
Pressure washing- allowed as needed for safety and other
Homeowners associations- cannot require pressure washing,
lawn replacement or other activities requiring additional
The tighter restrictions are in place until at least
For complete information on these and other restrictions in
unincorporated Hillsborough County - as well as links to
information from the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple
Terrace - visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org/water.
Or, call 813-275-7094 for a recorded message, or the Water
Conservation Team at 813-272-5977, ext. 43991, during regular