Water Shortage Orders Expire

News Release

The "Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) Governing Board":http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/about/governingboard/ voted today to let all water shortage orders expire on July 31.

Residents living within the District's boundaries are asked to observe the District's year-round conservation measures beginning August 1. However, some local governments may impose different schedules or retain stricter measures. Residents should check with their local governments before changing their irrigation schedule.

The Governing Board allowed the water shortage orders to expire in response to significant improvements in aquifer and river levels as a result of this summer's above-average rainfall. The region's major public water suppliers have also been able to capture and store large supplies of water to meet the needs of residents.

Year-round conservation measures include watering up to twice-per-week, and allow residents additional flexibility for determining when to water. Residents are encouraged to water only if their lawn and landscape needs it and turn off their irrigation system if it has rained or rain is predicted in the next 24-hours. Some of the signs that a lawn needs water include a blue-gray appearance, blades folded in half lengthwise and footprints remaining on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it.

For more information on the District's year- round conservation measures, visit "watermatters.org":http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/

*Year-Round Water Conservation Measures*

*Effective Date and Areas*

•The District's year-round water conservation measures go back into effect August 1, 2013.

•These measures apply to all of Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter counties; portions of Lake and Levy counties; and the portion of Gasparilla Island in Lee County, except where stricter measures have been imposed by local governments.

•Marion County follows the St. Johns River Water Management District's water restrictions; however, the City of Dunnellon and The Villages remain under the Southwest Florida Water Management District's water restrictions.

•Some local governments such as Hillsborough County and the cities of Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa have local ordinances that allow twice-per-week watering but follow a special schedule.

•Some local governments such as Hernando, Pasco and Sarasota counties and the cities of Brooksville, Longboat Key and Venice have local ordinances and choose to remain on one-day-per-week restrictions.

*Lawn Watering Days and Times*

•Lawn watering is limited to twice-per-week.

•Lawn watering days and times are as follows unless your city or county has a different schedule or stricter hours in effect:

•Even addresses may water on Thursday and/or Sunday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

•Odd addresses may water on Wednesday and/or Saturday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

•Locations without a discernable address, such as rights-of-way and other common areas inside a subdivision, may water on Tuesday and/or Friday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

•Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day and any time.

*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 remains 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 efficiently as possible, such as using a shutoff nozzle on each hose to adhere to the general restriction prohibiting wasteful water use.