Water-Related News

Eastern Hillsborough County well users should prepare for freeze

According to the National Weather Service, parts of the Tampa Bay area are expected to see freezing temperatures during Thursday and Friday mornings.

This has prompted the Southwest Florida Water Management District to advise residents who live near Plant City and Dover who have well pumps without automatic cutoff switches to turn off the pumps Wednesday and Thursday nights.

During a freeze or near-freezing temperatures, water is pumped to protect crops and fish farms, causing aquifer levels to temporarily drop. Once aquifer levels fall below a well's pump level, the pump can burn out if it is not shut off manually or automatically by a low-pressure shut-off device. An electrical switch located on or near the well can turn off most pumps....