Reclaimed Water Restrictions Begin Monday in Pinellas
Enforcement of watering restrictions is currently being intensified to encourage responsible use of reclaimed water.
PINELLAS COUNTY – Seasonal reclaimed water restrictions go into effect Monday (Oct. 1) and run through Nov. 30 in Pinellas County.
Because of supply fluctuations in both the north and south county reclaimed water systems, the restrictions schedule for reclaimed water users will be different for north and south county customers during this period. Enforcement of watering restrictions is currently being intensified to encourage responsible use of reclaimed water.
Effective Monday, North County reclaimed water customers may only irrigate two days per week based on property address, according to the schedule below:
· Addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) may water on Tuesday and/or Saturday.
· Addresses ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) may water on Wednesday and/or Sunday.
· Parcels with mixed or no address, such as common areas associated with a residential subdivision, may water on Wednesday and/or Sunday.
· Watering is prohibited between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on all authorized days.
Because irrigation is entirely prohibited on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, the reclaimed water system will be shut down on these days, as needed. The system will also be shut down from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on all days of operation for supply recovery. Customers should monitor the reclaimed water restrictions website for up-to-date information on shutdowns and schedule changes at pinellascounty.org.
Customer cooperation in following the two-days-per-week watering schedule is critical as excessive demand may require returning to watering one day per week.
South County reclaimed water customers may irrigate three days per week based on property address according to the following schedule:
· Addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) may water on Tuesday, Thursday and/or Saturday.
· Addresses ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) may water on Wednesday, Friday and/or Sunday.
· Parcels with mixed or no address, such as common areas associated with a residential subdivision, may water on Wednesday, Friday and/or Sunday.
· Lawn irrigation is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on all authorized days.
· Lawn irrigation is also prohibited on Monday.
Pinellas County Utilities reminds customers that reclaimed water is a limited resource due to water usage, fluctuations in weather and capacity of the system. Conservation is necessary to promote adequate supply that is shared by all customers.
Customers are encouraged to follow these restrictions throughout the year to promote a healthy, sustainable Florida lawn and landscape. Utilities advises customers to learn about and apply Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ practices, including watering only when grass and plants start to wilt and, when needed, watering deeply to encourage deep, drought-tolerant root systems.
Pinellas County Extension offers a multitude of information about creating Florida-appropriate landscapes that are attractive, healthier with less water and are less costly than replacing plants every year. Go to pinellascounty.org to view lawn and garden resources and a listing of upcoming classes.
Utilities customers are also reminded that Pinellas County follows year-round conservation measures allowing irrigation using potable, well, lake or pond water two days per week on assigned days based on house address. To verify watering days, go to pinellascounty.org.
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