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Lawn Watering Schedule
Preparing Your Home for
Your Long Absence
Disposing of Old Batteries

Disposing of Regular
Household Trash and Yard Waste

                     Started Monday, June 5, 2017

Modified Phase III Water Shortage Restrictions

Effective Date and Areas

  • The District’s Modified Phase III water shortage restrictions are in effect June 5, 2017 through August 1, 2017, except where stricter measures have been imposed by local governments.
  • These measures currently apply to all of Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties

Lawn Watering Schedule and Times

  • Lawn watering is limited to a once-per-week schedule. Follow this schedule unless your city or county has a different once-per-week schedule or more stringent restrictions.

    Addresses with “house numbers” …May only irrigate on …
    Ending in 0 or 1  Monday 
    Ending in 2 or 3  Tuesday 
    Ending in 4 or 5  Wednesday 
    Ending in 6 or 7  Thursday 
    Ending in 8 or 9  Friday 
    No address (community common areas, etc.)  Friday 
  • Unless your city or county already has stricter hours in effect, the allowable watering hours are before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., regardless of property size.

Landscape Watering Schedule and Times

  • Handwatering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day at any time, if needed.

New Lawns & Plants

  • New lawns and plants have a 60-day establishment period. On days 1-30, they may be watered any day of the week.
  • During days 31-60, they may be watered approximately every other day. Even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Odd-numbered addresses may be watered on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. See also “Deed Restrictions” below.

Reclaimed Water

  • Reclaimed water remains subject to voluntary watering hours, unless blended with another water source or restricted by the local government or utility.

Car Washing

  • Car washing is limited to once-per-week on the designated watering day for the location.
  • Commercial car washes, including mobile detailing businesses, may still operate on any day.
  • Emergency and other first responder vehicles may still be washed on any day as needed.
  • Fundraising events are prohibited unless they were scheduled prior to enactment of this order.

Pressure Washing

  • Pressure washing is allowed once a year and for necessary purposes, such as prior to painting or sealing, in order to maintain a paint or material warranty, to address a health or safety hazard and to comply with health laws. See also “Deed Restrictions” below.


  • Fountains and other aesthetic water features may only operate eight hours per day. The regular hours of operation can be selected by the owner, but must be posted (see fact sheet for list of exemptions, such as water features that also provide aerification to koi ponds).

Other Water Uses

  • Sprinkler-like devices used on a lawn for recreational purposes shall be limited to the lawn and landscape restrictions.
  • The lawn and landscape of agricultural operations, commercial establishments, golf courses, athletic fields, and industrial facilities are subject to the lawn and landscape restrictions listed in the Water Shortage Order.
  • Additional restrictions apply to water uses specific to agricultural operations, commercial establishments, golf courses, athletic fields, and industrial facilities.

Deed Restrictions & Community Standards Enforcement

  • Homeowners associations and other entities must suspend any requirement to replace lawns, pressure wash, or engage in other activity which increases water use during this water shortage declaration.

Other Essential Services

  • Water use necessary for fire suppression, maintaining safe drinking water quality, and other essential services is not restricted.


 1.  Security:

 2. Inside House:
      Set thermostat to 85°

     Set Humidistat to 65%
     Turn off ice maker in refrigerator
     Put vegetable oil in garbage disposal
     Flush toilet 5-6 times to clear exit pipes
     Turn off water heater electrical circuit
     Turn off water coming into house*
     Leave water in bowl
     Place plastic wrap over toilet bowl
     Lock both sides of external sliding doors

*  You can ask the county to turn off your water at the street.
    This will eliminate any chance of a water leak in your system
    while you are away, and will reduce your monthly bill. Just
    remember to give them advanced warning when you are
    coming home again.

3.  Around the House:
     Fill golf cart batteries to proper level and leave unplugged from charger.
    Arrange for continued yard service if your HOA does not handle this.
4.  Outside the House:
    Take small or loose items indoors so they won't be blown around in a high wind.
    Unplug the timer on your water softener, but jot down the time so you can plug it 
in at the same time  when
you return.
    If you have a gas grill or other gas-operated equipment, be sure the source of 
gas power is disconnected and turned securely off -- and if you can move it all 
indoors, so much the better!

PART 1   Batteries you can throw away with your regular
                 household trash

        ALKALINE:  Better known as “coppertop” or just “alkaline”
commonly used in flashlights, calculators, toys, clocks,
smoke alarms and remote controls (sizes AAA, AA, C, D, 6V or 9V).
CARBON ZINC:  These are the batteries most of us grew up
with, “Heavy Duty”, general purpose AAA, AA, C, D, 6v, 9v. 
Same uses as above plus maybe transistor radios, garage door openers.
will see “Ni-Li” or “Ni-Hydride”.  They are sold for all the same purposes
as above plus for power tools, cellular phones, or computer packs.
LITHIUM:  These come in 3v, 6v, and 9v sizes for use typically in
cameras, calculators, computer memory backup .. even in the new
tennis shoes.  They are not deemed as hazardous waste, but they can
be recycled, so you can take them to the disposal places shown below.
        ·BUTTON:  These are used in hearing aids, watches, greeting cards,
some toys and remote controls.  They are classified as hazardous waste.  
Do not, please, throw these away with your regular household trash.

There are bins at the Home Depot for all sorts of batteries, even those
used in the power tools they sell.  You will see the bin(s) immediately
as you enter Home Depot right there beside the door.  (Look to both
the left and right along that wall.)

 “Ni-Cad” or labeled “Ni-Cd” in sizes AAA, AA, C, D, 6v and 9v.  They are
classified as hazardous waste.  Do not, please, throw these away with
your regular household trash.  Put them in the proper bin at Home Depot.

 If you have a large item to throw out, or several items that amount to more than your regular garbage pickup company should reasonably be expected to take from you, you can take it to the "County Collection Center" yourself.  It is the first driveway on Powell Road after you turn in from US 41 about 1/4 mile north of Big Bend Road.  The monitor will want to see proof that you are a Hillsborough County resident (take your latest property tax bill!) and he will direct you to the bin where you will throw out your own trash.  
     During 2015, details of what can be included in "Recyclable Waste" were changed in Hillsborough County.  The Sun City Center Information Center has the latest instructions on sheets prepared by the county.  You can have a copy at the Information Center any weekday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., or on Saturdays from 10:30 to 2:30.