Hillsborough County residents urged to conserve water by Mitch E. Perry


Due to drought like conditions in the Tampa Bay Area, the Tampa City Council is expected tomorrow (Thursday) to officially pass an Ordinance limiting citizens to watering their lawns to just one day a week.

Hillsborough County may soon follow suit.

Today the County’s Water Director, Paul Vanderploog, says that unless county residents begin conserving water at a more dramatic rate, or the heavens open up and start flooding the area with rain, he will come back before the Commission in 2 weeks to require that residents reduce their water consumption in the unincorporated areas of Hillsborough to 1 day a week. (roll tape#1 o.q.�safe drinking water�)

Vanderploog says the problem is most acute in the Southern part of the County, a little better in the Northwest section. And he’s hoping that by putting everybody on notice now, there won’t be the need to actually decrease limit to one day a week that County residents would be able to water their lawns (roll tape#2 o.q.�enact any restriction�)

Officials say that a media campaign to encourage conservation could soon follow.

Commissioner Brian Blair asked Vanderploog how well past “voluntary� requests to limit watering went down in the County…..The Water Director said that, looking back to problems with hurricanes in 2004, not very well (roll tape#3 o.q.�the other direction’)

Commissioner Kathy Castor said she never agreed when restrictions were relieved a couple of years ago , and was confident that County residents will respond to the request to conserve (roll tape#4 o.q.�you have a lower water bill’)

The public hearing on having unincorporated County residents restrict their use of water for their lawns will come back before the Commission in 2 weeks – May 17th at 2PM.

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