WATERING RULES
Tampa and Hillsborough County limit lawn watering to once a week but have different schedules.
TAMPA: Addresses ending in even numbers or letters A-M water on Tuesdays. Addresses ending in odd numbers or letters N-Z water on Sundays. No lawn watering between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY: Addresses ending in 0-1 water Mondays; 2-3, Tuesdays; 4-5, Wednesdays; 6-7, Thursdays; 8-9, or areas with no addresses or mixed addresses (shopping centers), on Fridays. No watering between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.
•Hand watering or low-flow irrigation of non-lawn plants is not restricted.
•Citations are $100 for the first offense and $200 for the second in Tampa and Hillsborough County. Tampa charges $500 for subsequent offenses. The county charges $300 for a third offense, $400 for a fourth offense and $500 for subsequent offenses.
•To report violations in Tampa, call (813) 274-8036; in Hillsborough County, call (813) 224-8993.
•For information on watering rules and other conservation matters go to www.tampagov.net/dept_water or www.hillsboroughcounty.org/water.
Sources: Hillsborough County Water Resources Department, Tampa Water Department
But, Your Honor...
Want to fight that water ticket? Don't try these excuses, the most commonly used by offenders. Workers who enforce the rules say judges don't consider them to be legitimate.
•Lightning hit the sprinkler control box.
•The builder gave me the wrong setting for the timer.
•The yard man changed the timer.
•I only water once in a while. Why should I be penalized?
•The homeowners association told me my yard was looking bad, so I had to water.>br> Source: Hillsborough County Water Resources Department
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