Dry-season demand for Reclaimed Water increases
St. Petersburg, Fla. (March 27, 2018) – As residents and visitors to the Sunshine City head into the busiest time of Spring Break, the demand for reclaimed water is beginning to outstrip the daily supply. Thus far -- thanks to extra storage and stewardship by reclaimed customers -- there have been no shortages. But water-users are being asked to monitor their consumption of this valuable resource over the next several weeks.
“Conservation never goes out of season,” said Water Conservation Coordinator Chris Claus. “But now --during our “dry” Spring season -- it is even more important.”
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.
Reclaimed water is also an integral part of the City's overall water conservation effort.