Tampa City Council on Water by Mitch E. Perry04/27/06
It rained this morning in the Tampa Bay Area Ã¢â‚¬â€œ only the 2nd time in the past couple of monthsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦..Because of the lack of rainfall, and increased demand by city residents, the city of Tampa may about to introduce serious measures to deal with the rain shortfall.
The CityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new Water Director, Brad Baird , laid out the reasons why the City might need to do so (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?points of referenceÃ¢â‚¬?)
And Baird said there are a host of measures to increase conservation, such as giving out citations instead of warnings for those who violate watering regulations.
He says heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll come back next week for an emergency agreement - something similar that the City did in 2001 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the last major drought that afflicted to the Tampa Area.
City Council woman Mary Alvarez asked Baird how much water would the city save by eliminating residents from a 2nd day of watering their lawns (roll tape#2 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?cutting that in halfÃ¢â‚¬?)
Because the forecast doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t indicate any substantial amounts of rainfall to come in the next week, Councilmember Alvarez then asked Baird Ã¢â‚¬â€œ why even wait? (roll tape#3 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?okayÃ¢â‚¬?)
Tampa was one of many local communities that enforced watering restrictions in 2001, after a serious drought in Florida that lasted for nearly 2 years.