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Water restrictions tighten for Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough counties

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Tampa, Florida -- Tightened water use restrictions for Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough went into effect today, Dec. 26.

SFWMD says irrigation will be restricted to once a week as a result of a Phase II Water Shortage declaration issued last week.

Starting Dec. 26, locations using the above counties' system water, well or surface water may irrigate one day a week, using the following schedule until March 1, 2014:

* Addresses ending in 0 or 1 may irrigation on Mondays

* Addresses ending in 2 or 3 may irrigation on Tuesdays

* Addresses ending in 4 or 5 may irrigation on Wednesdays

* Addresses ending in 6 or 7 may irrigation on Thursdays

* Addresses ending in 8 or 9 may irrigation on Fridays

In addition to irrigation, the water shortage declaration places the following restrictions on outdoor recreational water use:

* The use of sprinklers or sprinkler-like devices for recreational purposes is restricted to watering days and times for the location where in use.

* The use of wading pools, water slides or other child-oriented recreation devices shall discharge or empty onto lawn or landscape requiring irrigation.

* The use of reclaimed water is not affected by the increased watering restrictions.

The water management district says that the Tampa Bay region moves further into the dry season, more aggressive water shortage actions may become necessary.

Allowable watering hours are before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. 

If you have additional water restriction questions or wish to report a possible violation, please contact us by calling our water restrictions hotline at 1-800-848-0499 (FL only) (personal assistance is available during business hours; off-hours uses an automated response system) or 1-800-836-0797 (FL only), ext. 2298; also by email at Water.Restrictions@WaterMatters.org.

You can check your city or county's regulations here.

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