Tampa City Council on Water by Mitch E. Perry

04/27/06

It rained this morning in the Tampa Bay Area – only the 2nd time in the past couple of months…..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 City’s new Water Director, Brad Baird , laid out the reasons why the City might need to do so (roll tape#1 o.q.�points of reference�)

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 he’ll come back next week for an emergency agreement - something similar that the City did in 2001 – 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.�cutting that in half�)

Because the forecast doesn’t indicate any substantial amounts of rainfall to come in the next week, Councilmember Alvarez then asked Baird – why even wait? (roll tape#3 o.q.�okay�)

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.

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