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East Hillsborough residents should take steps to protect well pumps, water managers say

PLANT CITY Residents who live near Plant City and Dover who have well pumps without automatic cutoff switches should turn off their pumps due to cold weather Monday and Tuesday nights, district water managers advise.

During a freeze or near-freezing temperatures, farmers pump water to protect crops and tropical fish, causing aquifer levels to temporarily drop. Once aquifer levels fall below a well’s pump level, the pump can burn out if it is not shut off manually or automatically by a low-pressure shut-off device.

An electrical switch located on or near the well can turn off most pumps.

Residents should wait until the temperatures warm up and water levels begin to recover before turning their pumps back on, the Southest Water Management District said.

To report a dry well, go to WaterMatters.org or contact the district’s Tampa Regulation Department at (813) 985-7481 or 1-800-836-0797.

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