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How will Tampa Bay's new watering rules affect you?



[The fountain in Hyde Park Village only operates from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Martha Rial | Times]

State regulators today approved new watering rules that could cost 347 jobs and $20 million in lost sales in the Tampa Bay area.

The new restrictions for Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties take effect Friday and run through the end of June. The rules reduce hours for lawn sprinkling; ban ornamental fountains, residential pressure washing and car washing; and require buildings that use water cooling towers for air conditioning to set thermostats at 78 degrees or above. Meanwhile, bookmark our new water crisis special report page for the latest water use restrictions for your area, as well as continuing coverage of the water shortage.

Florida's drought is hitting us all in some way. We'd like to know how these new rules will affect you personally, at your home or business.

Also, as new questions are submitted, we will attempt to update with answers at our water crisis special report page.

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:51pm]


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