Water-Related News

Pinellas, Hillsborough could see tighter watering restrictions

By Craig Pittman

CLEARWATER – Below-normal rainfall over the winter and the need to drain its reservoir for repairs led Tampa Bay Water officials Monday to urge tighter restrictions on lawn watering throughout the region for the foreseeable future.

That would mean switching to watering one day a week in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Pasco has kept the one-day-a-week restrictions in place since the last drought.

The restrictions, which would have to be enacted by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, would limit residents to watering lawns only once a week between midnight and 4 a.m. The restrictions also impose limits on everything from car washing to ornamental fountain use.