Bay Area Water Restrictions Go Into Effect Today

Despite the endless the rain that has seemed to stop in for a visit in the Bay Area, water restrictions started for many counties today.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District issued a Modified Phase III Water Shortage due to lack of rain in the area over the past couple of months.

Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties will be affected by the restriction. Parts of Charlotte, Highlands, Lakel, Levy, Marion, Polk and Sumter will be included.

The restriction includes reducing lawn watering to just once a week and the watering must be done before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

The schedule for watering lawns or lanscaping goes as follows:

  • Mondays: Addresses ending in 0 or 1
  • Tuesdays: Addresses ending in 2 or 3
  • Wednesdays: Addresses ending in 4 or 5
  • Thursdays: Addresses ending in 6 or 7
  • Fridays: Addresses ending in 8 or 9, locations without an address and locations with mixed addresses like office complexes and shopping centers

While lawn watering is being reduced, hand-watering of plants and shrubs can be done at any time. Commerical car washes are allowed to be used at anytime of the day, however residents can only wash their cars themselves once a week on the scheduled watering day for their address.

For more information on the water restriction visit the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s website.