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Watering restrictions
Posted December 31, 2020 | 2:04 PM

When are My Watering Days?

Conservation measures limit lawn and landscape watering to specific days and times based on the property address

When are my watering days?

It's a question many may be asking.

In unincorporated Hillsborough County there are two sets of water use restrictions, depending on the property location. A new address look up tool can help individuals find the correct days and times for a specific address.

Most properties north of the Alafia River follow the year-round, twice-a-week schedule:

  • Mondays and Thursdays for addresses ending in 0, 1, 2, or 3; Tuesdays and Fridays for those ending in 4, 5, or 6; and Wednesdays and Saturdays for addresses ending in 7, 8, or 9.
  • Except for hand-watering and low-volume irrigation, landscape watering must take place before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on allowable days – either from midnight to 8 a.m., or from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Most properties south of the Alafia River are under a temporary one-day-a-week schedule and special morning irrigation hours until Dec. 31, 2022:

  • Mondays for addresses ending in 0 or 1; Tuesdays for those ending in 2 or 3; Wednesdays for those ending in 4 or 5; Thursdays for those ending in 6 or 7; Fridays for those ending in 8 or 9; and Saturdays for properties with no or a mixed address.
  • Except for hand-watering and low-volume irrigation, landscape watering must take place either between 8:30 a.m. and noon, or from 6 p.m. to midnight on the allowable day.

These restrictions apply to most water sources, including private wells, ponds, or lakes used as alternate irrigation supplies. Reclaimed water can be used for irrigation any day of the week, but it is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Hillsborough County Code Enforcement regularly enforces County ordinances for watering restrictions. Observed violations may result in citations starting at $100.

Residents of TampaTemple Terrace, and Plant City should check those cities' websites for any different restrictions.

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