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Phase IV Water Restrictions – They’re Almost Here

Posted by pcbasentry on March 30, 2009

Water is our lifeblood, and we all realize that water conservation is important to our industry.   For a variety of reasons (the cracks in the Bill Young Reservoir and problems at the desal plant among them) the situation in the Tampa Bay area is much worse than here in Polk County.

I have received the following email from Richard S. Owen, Deputy Executive Director of the Resource Regulation Division:

The purpose of this email is to inform you of changes proposed to the water shortage restrictions in the Tampa Bay Area (Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties). These proposed changes are outlined below and will be presented to the District Governing Board at its meeting next Tuesday at the Brooksville Headquarters. We wanted to make you aware of these proposed changes and would welcome your attendance at the meeting. Should you have any questions prior to the meeting, please feel free to contact me or Lou Kavouras.

  • 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
  • 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).

These are the major changes to the current restrictions that will be presented to the Governing Board at their meeting next Tuesday. We welcome your attendance at the meeting.

So far there’s been no public discussions about extending these restrictions to Polk, but the possibility always remains. Such potential should motivate all of us to conserve whenever and wherever possible.

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