City of Tampa Issues Tightened Water Use Restrictions

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) has issued a Phase III Water Shortage declaration restricting irrigation to once weekly. This restriction is a result of drier than normal conditions across the Tampa Bay area. The City of Tampa has been asked to do its part in reducing water consumption and eliminating unnecessary and wasteful water use.


Tightened water use restrictions for the City of Tampa go into effect Wednesday, March 13th. Tampa residents and businesses using City system water, well or surface water may irrigate one day a week, following a published schedule. The USF Tampa Campus will adhere to the watering restrictions put into place by SWFWMD and the City of Tampa.


The use of reclaimed water is not affected by the watering restrictions. The fountains on Collins Blvd., in The Park on Collins, and at the Marshall Student Center use condensate water and will not be affected by the restrictions.


We encourage our students, faculty, staff and visitors to voluntarily reduce water consumption and eliminate unnecessary and wasteful water use during this time. Water is a precious resource and we all can do our part to conserve its use.


For the once-weekly irrigation schedule and additional information about the City of Tampa water restrictions, please visit this website or call 813-274-8121. A recorded summary of the restrictions is available 24-hours-a-day by calling the Water Conservation Hotline at (813) 274-8032.


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