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Watering restrictions in Hillsborough
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Watering restrictions in Hillsborough

Hillsborough County, FL -- Hillsborough County’s current water restrictions will not change as a result of the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s decision on Tuesday, July 26 to extend a Phase I water shortage declaration. The irrigation of established lawns and landscaping will remain limited to two days a week.

In unincorporated Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa, the watering schedule remains:

  •     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, locations with no address, and locations with mixed addresses (such as office complexes and shopping centers) –      Wednesdays and Saturdays.


All watering must be done before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. These hours are already more strict than those set by SWFWMD. The restrictions apply to most water sources, including private wells, and ponds or lakes that are used as alternate irrigation supplies.

Residents may hand-water plants and shrubs, or use a drip irrigation system in landscaping beds, at any time. There are also special rules for watering new sod and plantings. There are no restrictions on fountains, car washing and pressure washing.

Reclaimed water customers are exempt from the watering restrictions, although these customers are encouraged to use only what they need.

For complete information on the watering restrictions, visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org/water, call (813) 275-7094 for a recorded message, or contact the Water Conservation Team at (813) 272-5977, ext. 43991, during regular business hours.

The Phase I water shortage declaration has been in effect since Dec. 1, 2010. SWFWMD’s Governing Board voted to extend the declaration as the summer rainy season got off to a slow start, and the region’s water resources have not yet been replenished. The declaration is intended to raise public awareness about dry conditions and to direct water utilities and local governments to prepare for potential future action.

Under Phase I, SWFWMD is asking residents to check their irrigation systems to ensure they are working properly. To avoid getting a citation if you perform this check during a time other than allowed by the restrictions, limit the testing to no more than 10 minutes, and stay outdoors and visible while monitoring the system.

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