April is one of the driest months of the year here in Florida. As summer grows nearer and temperatures climb, so does water use. This is why since 1988, water utilities and regulators around Florida, as well as the Governor and Cabinet, have declared April as Water Conservation Month.
During the dry season and especially April, residents and businesses in the Tampa Bay Region are encouraged to be water smart and do their part to help conserve water by taking three simple steps:
With Tampa Bay Water’s new online tool, knowing your watering day is easier than ever. Just visit tampabaywater.org/tampa-bay-watering-restrictions and enter your zip code to be directed to the rules of your area. In addition to finding your area’s watering information, the site also provides easy, do-it-yourself tips to further lower your water use.
“Water use in our area spikes during the spring dry season,” said David Bracciano, demand management coordinator for Tampa Bay Water. “In fact, up to 50 percent of all water used ends up on lawns.”
The Tampa Bay region is currently under region-wide restrictions that limit lawn watering to one day a week. These restrictions are designed to conserve water where it is being used most, as our region’s water supply is currently limited by drought and renovation of the regional reservoir.
Tampa Bay Water provides wholesale water to the public utility systems of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties, as well as the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa. To learn more about Tampa Bay Water, please visit tampabaywater.org.