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Stricter watering restrictions kick in throughout Tampa Bay

New water-use restrictions went into effect Wednesday in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties.

The restrictions, approved by a unanimous vote of the Southwest Florida Water Management District, expire at the end of July.

The restrictions, as approved by the agency commonly known as Swiftmud, are tied to the last number of your address, but some cities have their own, simpler restrictions instead.

Tampa will use Swiftmud's restrictions, so residents should adhere to the following schedule:

• Addresses ending in 0 or 1 may water on Mondays.

• Addresses ending in 2 or 3 may water on Tuesdays.

• Addresses ending in 4 or 5 may water on Wednesdays.

• Addresses ending in 6 or 7 may water on Thursdays.

• Addresses ending in 8 or 9 may water on Fridays.

St. Petersburg has simpler restrictions: Addresses ending in even numbers can water on Saturdays, odd numbers can water on Sundays, and homes on reclaimed water can also irrigate Tuesdays through Fridays, also based on address number.

For a full list of watering restrictions in St. Petersburg, visit stpete.org/water.

Swiftmud posts its restriction information online at swfwmd.state.fl.us./conservation/restrictions/TBphase3.php.

All other municipal water departments should provide information on their websites.

Violators face fines that vary based on their city.

And in addition to sprinkling limits, cars cannot be washed more than once a week and fountains can operate for no more than four hours a day.

The changes will be harder on residents in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties; Pasco has stuck to the once-a-week watering restrictions since the last time they were imposed.

January and February have been drier than normal, according to Swiftmud, necessitating the restrictions.

Stricter watering restrictions kick in throughout Tampa Bay 03/13/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 5:11pm]
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