Water restrictions are currently in effect for Pinellas County, with a modified order from Pinellas County Utilities announced to customers via email on May 5. What exactly are these conservation rules? Let’s answer those questions and why there is reason to think that the drought will be ending soon.
Drought rules effective May 8, 2017
On May 5, a notice was sent out from Pinellas County Utilities, addressed to all customers, regarding water restrictions for the county (as noted by the Town of Indian Shores and WFLA-TV, among others). The letter notes that a modified Phase I Water Shortage Order was recently released by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), with an effective date of May 8, 2017.
This order is not really new information in the sense that it upholds the restrictions on irrigating with potable, pond, lake, or well water that were already in place. However, some more granular stipulations have been updated, as indicated by the original SWFWMD notice – which also mentions that the order is effective through July 1, 2017, and impacts other counties in the areas as well.
The key message of this modified order, according to the Pinellas email, is that it is a “reminder” to residents to conserve water and “be prepared for more stringent restrictions if drought conditions worsen.”
Based in part on this order, Pinellas County Utilities specifies that you can water twice a week, during one of two windows each day: midnight to 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. to midnight:
- Addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8): Thursday and/or Sunday
- Addresses ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, 9): Wednesday and/or Saturday
- Addresses with mixed or no addresses: Tuesday and/or Friday
- Prohibited lawn irrigation hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
If you use reclaimed water, different Pinellas County restrictions are applicable. Either way, see the resources below for additional information.
Before we get to that, though, we mentioned at the top that there is reason for hope that the drought will lift. See the “Drought Removal Likely” classification from the National Weather Service, as seen in this graph from the NWS’s Climate Prediction Center (released April 20, 2017).
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For more information on the Phase I Water Shortage Order, here is relevant information from Pinellas County Utilities, along with related resources: