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Stop Waste to Help Protect Water Resources

Regional water shortage order prohibits wasteful and unnecessary water use

A dry spring and low rainfall expected through the summer is putting a renewed emphasis on conserving drinking water supplies throughout the Tampa Bay area. On May 12, the Southwest Florida Water Management District implemented a regional Phase 1 Water Shortage Order, encouraging everyone to fix water leaks and eliminate wasteful and unnecessary use of drinking water.

Residents can easily help do their part to ensure sufficient water supplies for everyone this summer by only irrigating on allowed days and times and reporting suspected violations to the County's year-round water use restrictions.

Residents, property owners, and lawn and landscape providers are also encouraged to check irrigation systems and buildings and repair any leaks quickly. Frequent outdoor leak culprits include broken pipes, valves, sprinkler heads, outdoor faucets, swimming pools, and garden hoses.

Wasteful and unnecessary water use activities to avoid during any season include:

  • Allowing water to flow from an unattended hose
  • Hand watering a lawn on an otherwise restricted day or more than once a day, except when used for spot treatment or other allowed practice
  • Hosing-down a driveway or other impervious surface to remove grass clippings or other debris that can be removed with a broom or other dry methods
  • Hosing-down a building or other structure to remove cobwebs or other material that can be removed with a broom or other dry methods
  • Allowing water to flow from a broken sprinkler head, outdoor faucet, or other malfunctioning plumbing or irrigation system component

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