S"JAMES F. TAYLOR, JR.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS rJAMES FC TALOR. JR
BOB LESTER. CHAIRMAN j | I
DIST 5 RUSKIN RUDY SPOTO
ELIZABETH B. CASTOR. VICE CHAIRMAN ... COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR
DIST. 3, TAMPA ~ -Z -- I I.-.:,% : l .'
ROBERT E. CURRY, DIST. 1, TAMPA c,. WATER RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
BOB BOND, DIST. 2, TAMPA
FRANCES M. DAVIN. DIST. 4, PLANT CITY
OUNTYo HILLSBOROUGH DI ;>A
P. BOX 111o ,'\ r. MENT
TAMPA, FLORIDA 33601 7ampa, Florida 33~60 D' i\J
TELEPHONE: (813) 223-1311
7 May 1975
Derrill S. McAteer
Chairman, Board of Governors
Southwest Florida Water Management District
P. 0. Box 457
Brooksville, Florida 33512
You are well aware of the serious condition of the water resources
in southern Hillsborough County and of the efforts we are making to ob-
tain relief. One such effort was the passage of an emergency ordinance
banning daytime sprinkling throughout unincorporated Hillsborough County:
I attach a copy of that ordinance for your information.
Our citizens are responding to the situation in an excellent manner.
Not only is the ban being observed, but additionally the residents of Sun
City Center have agreed to stop all lawn sprinkling for an entire week
beginning May 8, and many farmers are voluntarily reducing their pumping.
But this fine cooperation is not enough. Aquifer pressures continue
to drop and our ability to supply water to our customers in the County-
operated systems becomes increasingly uncertain. June rains will bring
the necessary relief, but the record indicates that June is a dry month,
one year in four. Although statistics are in our favor, we must prepare
for that "fourth year".
SWFWMD has broad legal powers should a Water Shortage be declared,
and your Governors and your staff have expertize in conservation practices.
Considering the current conditions, it would seem appropriate to establish
a Water Shortage Area in that part of the Alafia Basin within Hillsborough
County, and by motion of the Hillsborough County Commissioners in regular
session of 7 May 1975, you are respectfully petitioned for such establishment.
ib Lester, Chairman
Hillsborough County Commissioners
cc: R. E. Vaughn
AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RELATING TO
IRRIGATION AND LAWN SPRINKLING IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREAS
OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY; PROHIBITING SUCH USES BETWEEN THE
HOURS OF 7:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. DAILY UNTIL JULY 1, 1975;
PROVIDING AN EXEMPTION FOR COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURAL IRRIGATION;
PROVIDING PENALTIES: PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Hills-
borough County finds that an emergency exists as the result
of extraordinary demand upon ground water resources of Hills-
borough County by its consumers during a period of extremely
dry weather in which the rainfall is substantially less than
the annual average and it is necessary to protect the.ground
water resources of the County by prohibiting irrigation and
lawn sprinkling during the daytime hours; now therefore,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA,
1. All persons in the unincorporated areas of
Hillsborough County are prohibited from using water for
lawn sprinkling and irrigation purposes between the hours
of 7:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. daily from the effective date
of this ordinance until July 1, 1975.
2. This ordinance does not apply to persons engaged
in commercial agricultural irrigation.
3. Any person convicted of violating this ordinance
shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500. or by imprison-
ment in the County jail not to exceed sixty (60) says or by
both such fine and imprisonment.
4. This ordinance shall become effective immediately
upon becoming law.
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