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Clearwater's Watering Restrictions will Change Effective March 13

3/12/2013 9:40:59 AM

Contact: Public Utilities, (727) 562-4960

For Immediate Release

March 12, 2013


Heather Parsons

(727) 562-4708

Clearwater to Impose Modifications to Watering Restrictions

CLEARWATER, Fla. - In response to the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) announcing new county-wide watering restrictions, the City of Clearwater will modify and enforce its water restrictions to comply with the Phase III water shortage restrictions, effective March 13. Changes are as follows:

1) Restaurants may only serve water upon request.

2) Established lawns

All water sources (except reclaimed) - once per week - before 8 a.m. OR after 6 p.m. If using hose-end sprinkler, both times may be used, provided no area is watered twice.

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

- 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 other water supply municipalities or areas within unincorporated Pinellas County.

3) Landscape (non-lawn plants)

Hand watering and micro-irrigation - on any day - before 8 a.m. OR after 6 p.m.

4) New Lawns

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

- Days 1 to 30, Any day of the week

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

Wednesday/Friday/Sunday (odd addresses and mixed or no address [or N - Z])

5) Vehicle Washing

- Residential - once per week on watering day (see #2), with shut-off nozzle.

- Fundraiser events may not be scheduled after the effective date of these restrictions.

- Commercial car washes and mobile detailing businesses may operate on any day.

- Emergency and other first responder vehicles may be washed on any day as needed.

- Boats may be rinsed and boat engines may be flushed after each use.

6) Fountains

Large aesthetic fountains, waterfalls, and other water features may operate four (4) hours per day, with hours posted.

7) Deed Restrictions and Community Standards Enforcement

Homeowners associations and other entities must suspend any requirement to replace lawns, pressure wash or engage in other activity which increases water use during this water shortage declaration.

8) Recreation

Other than athletic play areas (golf, football, baseball and other athletic fields), all lawn and landscape areas must comply with once per week restrictions.

9) Violations

Citations may be issued without a warning.

Reclaimed water users may continue to water on any day before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. There are no changes to the Phase I restrictions currently in place for other water uses, including agricultural irrigation, golf course operations, industrial processes, or pressure washing activities.

These Phase III water shortage restrictions are currently scheduled to expire July 31, 2013, and Clearwater will automatically revert to the governance of Ordinance 7802-07, unless otherwise instructed by SWFWMD.

Further information is available through the Water Conservation Hotline at (727) 562-4987. For any other inquiries, please call Clearwater Public Utilities at (727) 562-4960.