Reclaimed Customers' conservation commended
St. Petersburg, Fla. (May 3, 2018) – April and May are – climatologically speaking – the driest months of the year around here. In fact, the just concluded month of April was the 38th driest on record, according to National Weather Service data for Albert Whitted Airport. Just 1.13” of rain was recorded at the downtown St. Petersburg weather station. That’s 1.14’ below normal.
Thus far – thanks to extra storage and stewardship by reclaimed customers – there have been no shortages. But many customers have noticed lowered pressure over the past several days, and – at times – demand has actually surpassed what is supplied through the City’s Water Reclamation Facilities. Because of this, water-users are being asked to monitor their consumption of this valuable resource over the next several weeks.
Lawn and landscape irrigation using reclaimed water is not currently restricted. However, customers are asked to be “water wise” and conscious of their continued use of this valuable, yet limited, resource. For instance, irrigation during the heat of the day is inefficient – as much of the water used is lost to evaporation and wind drift. Therefore, it is suggested watering occur between 5 - 9 a.m. and 7 - 11 p.m.
Also, voluntary restrictions for reclaimed water request watering no more than three days per week by property address: Even numbers should irrigate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Odd numbers should irrigate on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
The City's water reclamation system is not only the first urban landscape irrigation service to be built in the United States, it remains one of the largest in the world. The city's innovative system provides – on average – more than 37 million gallons per day to nearly 11,000 customers, primarily for lawn irrigation.
For more information on reclaimed water and conservation efforts, http://www.stpete.org/water/reclaimed_water.php.