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Tampa Bay’s Reclaimed Watering Schedule and Why It Matters

“Reclaimed water is highly treated wastewater and can be used for irrigation and other uses to extend out water supplies. There are many benefits to using reclaimed water such as reducing potable water use, decreasing fertilizer application, reducing discharge into rivers and bays from wastewater plants, and most importantly, ensuring a sustainable and cost-effective water supply,” reports Southwest Florida Water Management District. The District has implemented a twice a week watering schedule to help meet current and future water supply needs in Tampa Bay.

About Southwest Florida Water Management District

The District works with local utilities and water users to maximize the beneficial use of reclaimed water as an alternative water supply. The use of reclaimed water helps meet current and future water supply needs in the region and is a vital component of the District’s Regional Water Supply Plan. The District has committed to a long-term goal to beneficially reuse 75 percent of all flows from wastewater treatment plants. To meet this goal, the District provides funding through our Cooperative Funding Initiative program to help communities develop reclaimed water systems. During the past 30 years, the District has committed more than $422 million to water reuse projects in west-central Florida.

The districts administer flood protection programs and perform technical investigations into water resources. They also develop water management plans for water shortages in times of drought, and acquire and manage lands for water management purposes. Delegated regulatory programs include management of the consumptive use of water, aquifer recharge, well construction and surface water management.

Here is some information and frequently asked questions about Pinellas County reclaimed water from Southwest Florida Water Management District:

Effective Date and Areas

  • The District’s year-round water conservation measures are in effect except where stricter measures have been imposed by local governments.
  • The measures shown below currently apply to all of Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee, Pinellas, Polk, Sumter, Lake and Levy counties; the City of Dunnellon and The Villages in Marion County; and the cities of Temple Terrace, Plant City and North Port.
  • Some local governments such as unincorporated Hillsborough County and the cities of Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa have local ordinances with special twice-per-week schedules.
  • Some local governments such as unincorporated Hernando, Pasco and Sarasota counties, and the cities of Dunedin, Longboat Key, Sarasota and Venice, have local ordinances that remain on one-day-per-week schedules.

New Lawns and Plants

  • New lawns and plants have a “30-30” establishment period.
  • On the day of installation, watering is allowed on any day at any time.
  • During the first 30 days, watering is allowed on any day during the allowable hours.
  • During the second 30 days, watering is allowed three days per week: even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; odd-numbered addresses may water Monday, Wednesday and Saturday; and locations without a discernable address may water on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Reclaimed Water

  • Reclaimed water is only subject to voluntary watering hours, unless restricted by the local government or utility.

Fountains, Car Washing and Pressure Washing

  • There are no specific restrictions on fountains, car washing and pressure washing.
  • These and other water uses should be conducted as efficiently as possible, such as using a shutoff nozzle on each hose to adhere to the general restriction prohibiting wasteful water use.

Information on other counties in Tampa Bay

Here are links regarding reclaimed water for other counties in Tampa Bay:

Hernando County

Hillsborough County

Manatee County

Pasco County

Pinellas County 

Polk County

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