DUNEDIN - Many Pinellas County residents will be following stricter water-use rules as of April 3; but not Dunedin, where restrictions will remain unchanged.
According to a notice posted on the city's Web site, www.dunedingov.com, Dunedin residents will continue to follow the Modified Phase III (or Extreme) Water Shortage restrictions already in place.
The reason: Phase IV water restrictions imposed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District on March 31 only apply to the member government's of Tampa Bay Water. Dunedin is not a member.
However, Dunedin residents are not exempt from following city restrictions.
"Because the city must protect and preserve our local water supply, Dunedin enacted Resolution 91-37, Water Use Restrictions, effective Sept. 12, 1991 with an amendment, Resolution 97-08, effective March 6, 1997," according to information on the Web site. "These Water Use Restrictions are in combination with Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) additional restrictions newly enacted on Oct. 28, 2008."
The following water restrictions, updated on April 1, apply to all water sources used by residents of Dunedin except reclaimed water.
1. Addresses ending in an even number may irrigate only on Tuesdays.
2. Addresses ending in an odd number or with no address may irrigate only on Fridays.
3. The hours of irrigation for users with an in-ground sprinkler system (whether manual or automatic), are from midnight to 10 a.m. only.
4. The hours of irrigation for users of manual equipment are midnight to 10 a.m. and/or 4 p.m. to midnight.
5. Hand watering, micro irrigation and other low volume irrigation of non-lawn landscaping is allowed on any day, If needed, but is limited to the hours of before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
6. No irrigation is allowed on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, or Sundays.
7. Washing or cleaning of streets, sidewalks, driveways or other impervious areas with water is prohibited.
8. Outside pressure cleaning shall be restricted to only low volume methods.
9. Washing of cars is allowed any time. It must be accomplished using a hand held hose with a shut off device.
10. Rinsing boats and flushing boat engines is limited to a maximum of ten minutes once per day for each boat.
11. Operation of aesthetic fountains and waterfalls is restricted to four hours per day.
12. Filling and refilling swimming pools is not restricted.
13. Irrigation of new landscaping (up to 30 days after installation) is not legally restricted in hours or days but should be limited to the prescribed irrigation hours when possible. You must keep your receipt for verification purposes and over 50 percent of the area you are watering must be new vegetation.
14. A verticut lawn may only receive two extra waterings: immediately upon removal of the thatch and then one week later to water in a complete fertilizer. Turf grass removed and then reinstalled in the same location within 48 hours may only receive two extra waterings: immediately upon reinstallation and then one week later. An overseeded lawn may receive no extra waterings.
15. Turf grass replacement establishment will be restricted for a period of 30 days. On days 1 to 15, beginning the day of installation, the new or replacement turf grass may be watered every day of the week. On days 16 to 30, the new or replacement turf grass may be watered approximately every other day. You must keep your receipt for verification purposes and over 50 percent of the area you are watering must be new vegetation.
16. The watering in of herbicides, fungicides or insecticides where such watering in is required by the manufacturer or state, federal, or local law is not restricted, but must be limited to minimum necessary.
17. The watering in of fertilizers is prohibited except on the watering day and times prescribed for irrigation.
18. The use of (low volume) pressure cleaning equipment to wash buildings, mobile homes, and other stationary objects is not restricted.
Typically, outdoor water use accounts for up to 50 percent of water consumed by households. Residents can reduce outdoor water consumption by periodically checking irrigation system timer performance and effectiveness, officials advise. Upon request the city also will set irrigation timers to the watering schedule for resident's addresses.
For more information, call the Water Division at 727-298-3100.