Pinellas: Seasonal reclaimed water restrictions go into effect April 1

Rose Burke

Water schedules differ for north county, south county customers

Pinellas County’s seasonal reclaimed water restrictions begin on Friday, April 1, and run through Thursday, June 30. Due to supply fluctuations between the north and south county systems, the watering schedules for reclaimed water users are different for customers in each service area. Enforcement of watering restrictions is currently being intensified to encourage responsible use of reclaimed water.

North County Reclaimed Water Schedule

Effective April 1, north county reclaimed water customers may irrigate only two days per week based on property address, according to this schedule:

  • Addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) may water on Tuesday and/or Saturday.
  • Addresses ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) may water on Wednesday and/or Sunday.
  • Parcels with mixed or no address, such as common areas associated with a residential subdivision, may water on Wednesday and/or Sunday.
  • Watering is prohibited between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on all authorized days.

Because irrigation is entirely prohibited on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, the north county reclaimed water system will be shut down on these days, as needed to allow the system to build supply. The system will also be shut down from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on all days of operation for supply recovery.

Customers should monitor the reclaimed water restrictions website for up-to-date information on shutdowns and schedule changes at www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/reclaim-irrigation.htm

Customer cooperation is critical because excessive demand may require limiting watering schedules to one day per week.

South County Reclaimed Water Schedule

South county reclaimed water customers may irrigate three days per week based on property address, according to this schedule:

  • Addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) may water on Tuesday, Thursday, and/or Saturday.
  • Addresses ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) may water on Wednesday, Friday, and/or Sunday.
  • Parcels with mixed or no address, such as common areas associated with a residential subdivision, may water on Wednesday, Friday, and/or Sunday.
  • Lawn irrigation is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on all authorized days.
  • Lawn irrigation is also prohibited on Monday.

Customers are encouraged to follow these restrictions throughout the year to promote a healthy, sustainable Florida lawn and landscape. Pinellas County Utilities advises customers to learn about and apply Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ practices, including watering only when grass and plants start to wilt and, when needed, watering deeply to encourage deep, drought-tolerant root systems.

Pinellas County Extension offers information about creating Florida-appropriate landscapes that are attractive, healthier with less water, and are less costly than replacing plants every year. Visit Pinellas County UF/IFAS Extension to view lawn and garden resources and a listing of upcoming classes.

Utilities customers are also reminded that Pinellas County follows year-round conservation measures allowing irrigation using potable, well, lake, or pond water two days per week on assigned days based on house address. To verify watering days, visit www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/water-restrict.htm.

For more information about reclaimed water, visit www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/reclaim-irrigation.htm, or call Pinellas County Utilities Customer Service at (727) 464-4000. Customers are advised to monitor the website, as additional restrictions may be implemented if seasonal rainfall is lower than anticipated and the reclaimed water supply becomes limited.

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