Water Shortage Measures

TAMPA, Fla. (April 8, 2009)  Physical Plant has issued the following statement regarding USF’s response to the current water shortage:

The University of South Florida Tampa campus is responding immediately to the water shortage measures enacted by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). You will see a reduction in the appearance of lawns and landscaping, even though it has always been USF practice to choose plantings that reduce the need for irrigation. Since irrigation at USF comes from wells, we will follow all water use restrictions as established by SWFWMD.

We will be turning off ornamental fountains (Administration Building courtyard, Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza) but keeping the water and a small flow to avoid algae proliferation. 

We will NOT turn off the two fountains in the large storm water ponds in the greenways – the one south of Castor Hall and the one north of the new residence hall. In these storm water ponds, water flow is needed to prevent algae scum build up, etc. 

At all sites, we are changing our watering patterns: We are reducing watering duration and times, installing low volume units and not watering certain areas.   The Athletic and Recreation Fields are subject to additional exceptions due to the need to provide for proper use and safety.

Many members of the USF community care deeply about the environment, and we should all take responsibility by cutting back unnecessary usage. On campus, Physical Plant will be monitoring all irrigation and adjusting the watering system to ensure we're in compliance and using as little water as possible.