The agency that oversees water resources in the Tampa region has loosened its recommended lawn watering restrictions a bit.
Beginning Saturday, homeowners who had been under a once-a-week watering restriction can now open up the sprinklers twice a week.
The governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District voted to continue the Phase II water shortage order through July 31, but it did include a provision to allow the twice-a-week watering, recognizing lawns need more water now that the days are getting longer, the temperature is getting hotter and the rain over the next three months typically is scarce.
Here’s the schedule for when to water in unincorporated Hillsborough County and the city of Tampa:
• Addresses ending in 0, 1, 2 or 3 can water on Mondays and Thursdays
• Addresses ending in 4, 5 or 6, Tuesdays and Fridays
• Addresses ending in 7, 8 or 9, Wednesdays and Saturdays
• Locations with no address such as common areas and locations with mixed addresses, such as office complexes and shopping centers, can water on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
All watering must be done before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., and only once on the designated days.
The restrictions apply to all residences and businesses and includes homeowners with private wells and ponds or lakes that are used as alternate irrigation supplies. Reclaimed water customers are exempt from the water restrictions.
Hand watering and low-volume irrigation of plants other than lawns or turf grass, may be done on any day and at any time.
New sod and landscaping may be watered on any day for the first 30 days. On days 31-60, new sod and landscaping may be watered every other day: even-numbered addresses on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; odd-numbered addresses, locations with no address and locations with mixed addresses on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.