ZEPHYRHILLS — City Council voted Monday evening to enact the same tougher watering restrictions that limit lawn-watering times and prohibit residential car washes.
The council voted for an emergency ordinance to bring in Phase IV water restrictions, the same measures followed by Pasco and Hillsborough counties.
The new restrictions, which are posted on the Zephyrhills Web site, limit lawn-watering times to midnight to 4 a.m. on the designated watering day for properties less than an acre in size.
Properties that are larger than an acre can water from midnight to 4 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to midnight. Watering days will remain the same; citizens who do not know their watering day should contact the utilities department.
The new restrictions also allow for watering with handheld hoses with automatic shut-off systems and watering cans from 6 to 8 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. on watering days; however, only one means of watering may be used on a plot of land on any given watering day, and each lot can only be watered once per day.
Aesthetic fountains and residential and charity car washes are now prohibited under the restrictions, although commercial car washes are allowed to operate.
City Attorney Joseph Poblick said he hoped residents would be well informed about the new restrictions.
"It seems like we need to give the residents a little bit of a notice before someone starts citing them," Poblick said.
City Manager Steve Spina said notices will be sent in the May water bill to get the word out about the ordinance.
The regulations will take effect Friday; residents will receive a warning before they are cited for noncompliance. The regulations will remain in effect until June 30.
Also, council members revisited the topic of the Zephyrhills Police Athletic League using Krusen Field. Poblick found that the organization did have valid insurance, which was one stipulation of the group using the field.