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Posted July 27, 2017 | 4:54 PM

Irrigation Schedule Returning to Twice Weekly

Summer rainfall prompts authorities to ease water-use restrictions

The onslaught of summer rains has led to a loosening of water-use restrictions in Hillsborough County.

Since a once-weekly lawn-watering mandate took effect June 5, about 13 inches of rain have fallen in Hillsborough County. That, and substantial rainfall totals elsewhere in the region, have led the Southwest Florida Water Management District to return to a twice-weekly schedule beginning Aug. 1. The specific days people may water their lawns vary, depending on their street addresses.

Here are the days when irrigation is allowed in Hillsborough County, beginning Aug. 1:

• Addresses ending in 0, 1, 2, or 3: Mondays and Thursdays

• Addresses ending in 4, 5, or 6: Tuesdays and Fridays

• Addresses ending in 7, 8, or 9: Wednesdays and Saturdays

Irrigation of places with no addresses, such as common areas, or those with mixed addresses, such as office complexes, may take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Turf grass and shrubbery watering must take place before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., and only once on your designated day.

There are a handful of exceptions for certain types of irrigation and other outdoor uses of water.

People who use reclaimed water are exempt from water restrictions, but should avoid using the water excessively or unnecessarily.

The twice-weekly schedule is the year-round standard that was in effect before early June, when the restrictions tightened to address a severe drought. With seasonal rains, that emergency situation has passed.

When irrigating, either with manual or automatic sprinklers, homeowners should take into account the frequency of summer rains to save water, avoid overwatering turf grass and plants, and keep water bills in check.

In unincorporated Hillsborough County, violating water-use restrictions could mean a fine of $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second, and up to $500 for the fifth and succeeding infractions.