TAMPA — Set your timers. Hillsborough County has new hours to run your yard sprinklers in the south-central area of the county.
A new ordinance restricts lawn watering to 8:30 a.m. to noon and 6 p.m. to midnight on designated irrigation days. Lawn watering is prohibited from midnight to 8 a.m. The rule, approved Wednesday by the Hillsborough County Commission, is intended to conserve water and maintain water pressure during high-demand periods.
The county said there will be a grace period until May 12 to allow property owners to adjust their sprinkler timers. The day-of-the-week restrictions remain in place and are available at the county’s website at HCFLGov.net/WaterRestrictions. The temporary ordinance expires June 30.
The new watering hours apply to Apollo Beach, Sun City Center and properties located south of the Alafia River and west of Balm Riverview Road and State Road 579.
The county warned that failure to act on water use could result in extreme low pressure that could trigger a precautionary boil-water notice for customers or reduce water pressure at fire hydrants. The county is working on a booster pump station to address the low pressure issues for the area. Construction is scheduled to be completed by October 2022.