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Watering Restrictions Schedule Changes to Twice Weekly

3/5/2014 4:35:49 PM

Contact: Clearwater Public Utilities, (727) 562-4960

For Immediate Release

March 5, 2014

Watering Restrictions Schedule Changes to Twice Weekly

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Southwest Florida Water Management District, or SWFWMD, has directed Phase II water shortage restrictions to be in effect through July 31, 2014. This means that residents living in City of Clearwater limits will now be able to water twice a week, as follows:

ESTABLISHED LAWNS

Twice-per-week watering with all sources (reclaimed allowed any day), before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

- Wednesday & Saturday -- Even-numbered addresses (or A - M)

- Thursday & Sunday -- Odd-numbered addresses (or N - Z), or mixed or no street address.

Note: The allowable watering day in the City of Clearwater may differ from that of other water supply municipalities or areas within unincorporated Pinellas County.

LANDSCAPE (NON-LAWN PLANTS)

Hand-watering or use of micro-irrigation devices are allowed on any day at any time, if needed.

NEW LAWNS & PLANTS

60-day establishment period for new and replacement turf (sod, plugs, seed, etc.), before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

- Days 1 - 30 - any day of the week

- Days 31 - 60 - Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday [even addresses (or A - M)]

- Wednesday/Friday/Sunday [odd addresses (or N - Z)]

Except on the day of installation or when sprigs are being grown, establishment watering must be done during allowable watering hours. The owner must be able to supply proof of installation date upon request.

DEED RESTRICTIONS & COMMUNITY STANDARDS ENFORCEMENT

Homeowners associations and other entities must suspend any requirement to replace lawns, pressure wash, or engage in other activities that increase water use during this time.

OTHER WATER USES

- The lawn and landscape of agricultural operations, commercial establishments, and industrial facilities are subject to the lawn and landscape restrictions listed in the Water Shortage Order.

- Sprinkler-like devices used on a lawn for recreational purposes shall be limited to the lawn and landscape restrictions.

RECLAIMED WATER

The restrictions for reclaimed water have not changed. Reclaimed water users may continue to water on any day before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

CITATIONS

Citations may be issued without a warning.

Residents can call the Water Conservation Hotline at (727) 562-4987 or visit myclearwater.com/watering to learn more. For any other inquiries, call Clearwater Public Utilities at (727) 562-4960.

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