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City will enforce water restrictions

Pinellas Park intends to crack down on violators of water rules that are the same as in unincorporated Pinellas County.

By ANNE LINDBERG

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 20, 2001


PINELLAS PARK -- With summer ready to begin and no end in sight for the drought, the city is cracking down on people who violate water restrictions. Capt. Mike Haworth, who oversees code enforcement, said Pinellas Park and unincorporated Pinellas have the same rules:

Irrigation using city water: Addresses ending in an even number or letters A-M can water on Tuesday only. Addresses ending in an odd number or letters N-Z or locations with no address can water on Sunday only. Watering times are 12:01 a.m.-8 a.m. or 6-11:59 p.m. No watering is allowed between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Irrigation using wells, lakes, ponds: Addresses ending in an even number or letters A-M can water on Tuesday only. Addresses ending in an odd number or letters N-Z or locations with no address can water on Sunday only. Watering times are 12:01 a.m.-10 a.m. or 4-11:59 p.m. No watering is allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

New lawns of permanent grass may be watered every day up to 60 days after installation. Irrigation is restricted to authorized hours and isolated to newly planted areas. Fifty percent of the area being watered must be new.

New landscaping: New plants, shrubs and trees may be watered for a 60-day establishment period starting the day the plants are installed. Irrigation is restricted to authorized hours and isolated to the new plants.

Vehicles: Cars, boats and recreational vehicles can be washed any day at any time. A shut-off nozzle or other water-efficient device must be used.

Hand watering of trees, shrubs, flower and vegetable gardens is allowed as needed. A shut-off nuzzle or other water-efficient device must be used. Hand watering of lawns is allowed only on designated days and hours. Washing of windows, buildings and mobile homes is not specifically prohibited. Low-volume methods should be used.

Lawn chemicals can be watered in when accompanied by the manufacturer's label recommendations. Regularly designated irrigation days should be used when possible for chemical applications.

Sidewalks, driveways: Washing of impervious surfaces is prohibited.

In general: Any unnecessary use of water is prohibited.

Reclaimed water: Those Pinellas Park residents who have reclaimed are under no restrictions at this time.

The city is also offering free, reduced-flow shower heads to Pinellas Park residents. The program is made available through a $4,000 grant from Swiftmud. Residents may exchange up to two shower heads by removing the old fixtures and bringing them to City Hall, 5141 78th Ave. N, or the Public Works Department in the Technical Services Building, 6051 78th Ave. N. For information, call City Hall at 541-0700.

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