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Now’s The Time To Check Clocks On Sprinkler Systems

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When you turn your clocks back one hour on Sunday, don’t forget to reset the timer on your automatic sprinkler system.

Sunday (Nov. 4) marks the end of daylight saving time. If your home or building has an automatic sprinkler system, you should check the timer so you won’t risk a fine for watering at the wrong time. If your system has a back-up battery that you haven’t changed in awhile, now would be a good time to do that as well.

It’s worth the few minutes it takes to check and reset the timer of your automatic sprinkler system. If you live in unincorporated Hillsborough County, violating the restrictions means a penalty of $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second and so on, leading up to $500 for the fifth and succeeding violations. Non-payment will result in a summons to appear before a code enforcement special magistrate, and the possibility of additional fines and a lien being placed against the property.

Watering of established lawns and landscaping in Hillsborough County is limited to two days a week.

In unincorporated Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa, the schedule is:
• Addresses ending in 0, 1, 2 or 3 - Mondays and Thursdays.
• Addresses ending in 4, 5 or 6 – Tuesdays and Fridays.
• Addresses ending in 7, 8 or 9, locations with no address, and locations with mixed addresses (such as office complexes and shopping centers – Wednesdays and Saturdays.

All watering must be done before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. The restrictions apply to most water sources, including private wells, and ponds or lakes that are used as alternate irrigation supplies.

For complete information on the watering restrictions, visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org/water, call 813-275-7094 for a recorded message, or call the Water Conservation Team at 813-272-5977, ext. 43991, during regular business hours.

Also, this is a good time to test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, and to install fresh batteries. In a news release today, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue stated that they have responded to more than 450 residential fire calls so far this year. Working smoke alarms and CO detectors double a family's chance of surviving a home fire and/or an unsafe carbon monoxide level, according to Hillsborough County Fire Marshal Steve Kendrick.