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Tampa's ban on lawn sprinkling starts Friday listen

04/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Less than 24 hours before Tampa’s new radical water conservation law is to go into effect, two City Council members changed their minds on the matter, nearly thwarting it from becoming law. But the proposal to reverse their original ruling did not gain a majority, and the ban will begin as scheduled on Friday.

Two weeks ago, Council members, on a 5-1 vote, decided to ban all lawn sprinkling in the city to contend with the current drought conditions plaguing the city. That’s more rest...

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Tampa water situation gets more dire listen

03/26/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A week after the Tampa City Council announced strict water rationing rules, and a week before they go into effect, the city’s Water Director said the flow of the Hillsborough River has never been this low at this time of year.

Brad Baird said Tampa is unique in being the only local government that draws from the river.

Meanwhile, the city has been contacting landscapers and utility contractors to discover whether it makes business sense to fill watering trucks with reclaimed water th...

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Water Conservation during the drought

03/23/09 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our guests on today's program were Robyn Felix, with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud) and John Lambie, one of the founders of the Florida House and a home conservation consultant.

We discussed the water shortage in our area and steps that Swiftmud has and has not taken to help. We talked about conservation, cisterns and what we can do to help save water. The call-in listeners tended to blame the phosphate industry, agriculture, home-owner deed restrictions, globa...

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Tampa gets tough, bans sprinkler watering listen

03/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Addressing a drought situation that appears to only be getting worse, the Tampa City City Council today voted to ban the use of lawn sprinklers, beginning April 3.

The vote was 5-1, only John Dingfelder opposed the measure.

Brad Baird, Water Department manager for the city, said the drought and the lack of potable water available from the reservoir and desalination plant forced the drastic action.

Currently, Tampa citizens can irrigate once a week -- Tuesday for addresses that end in...

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Citizens: Hillsborough should impose stricter water limits listen

03/18/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The ongoing water crisis in the Tampa Bay area continues to grow more serious.

With the Bill Young Reservoir dried up, and the desalination plant not operating at full capacity, the area is now relying heavily on ground water.

This morning during the public hearing portion of Hillsborough County Commission’s meeting, citizens demanded that the Board go further than what has been called for in terms of conservation by the Southwest Water Florida Management District (Swiftmud).

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Tampa water officials stress conservation during drought listen

03/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The drought in Florida is only getting worse, and today in Tampa, the city’s Water Department’s Director, Brad Baird, came before the City Council to discuss the situation.

Baird said the reservoir operated by the regional water utility, Tampa Bay Water, has less than a week’s supply contained in it right now.

With the rainy season still months away, conditions aren’t any better with other sources, such as the Hillsborough and Alafia rivers.

Last week, all eyes were on t...

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Tampa Councilman: Target excessive water consumers listen

02/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

Tampa City Councilman Charlie Miranda said today that if people don’t start restricting their use of water, the city should publicize the top 100 users in the city.

Miranda made his comments days after Tampa Bay Water, said it would ask the Southwest Florida Water Management District to tighten watering restrictions later this month. The change could further restrict the hours for outdoor watering, already limited to one day per week.

Miranda said he’d bring the issue up again in 30...

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