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									  Warm Weather Watering and Landscaping Tips
   The month of May typically brings warmer              friendly lawns and landscaping almost always require
                                                         less maintenance.
                                                                                                                   Fun Facts About Water
weather, meaning there can be a greater need to
water your plants. You can’t change Mother Na-              While you’re putting in new plants, it’s a good time    • There is the same amount of
ture, but you can give her some help with Florida-       to install a low-volume drip irrigation system in your
friendly landscaping. Selecting drought-tolerant         landscaping beds. Kits, sold in most home improve-
                                                                                                                   water on Earth as there was
plants saves water. Grouping plants by water             ment stores, consist of flex-                             when our planet was formed.
needs helps you irrigate more efficiently.               ible polyethylene hoses with
                         Florida-friendly landscap-      emitters of varying sizes. The                               • The average
                      ing emphasizes several prin-       hose can be connected di-                                  American family
                      ciples aimed not only at con-      rectly to an outdoor faucet.
                      serving water, but also pro-       You can water flowers and
                                                                                                                    turns on the tap
                      tecting the environment.           other plants with these sys-                               between 70 - 100
                      These include putting the          tems without having to follow water restrictions, so       times daily.
                      right plants in the right place,   long as the use is not wasteful.
                      watering only when plants             And don’t forget to consider using a rain barrel to      • A leak of one drop per second
                       need it, maintaining 2-3          collect water for your plants. You can make your          wastes 2,400 gallons of water a
                       inches of mulch, recycling        own, or buy one ready-made from a garden store.
                       grass clippings and leaves,
                                                                                                                   year.
fertilizing only as needed, providing for wildlife,         For more information on Florida-friendly
managing yard pests responsibly, and reducing              landscaping and warm weather watering,                    • A typical garden hose can
stormwater runoff.                                       contact the Hillsborough County Cooperative
   And if saving water and helping the environment
                                                                                                                   deliver 50 gallons of water in just
                                                         Extension Service at 744-5519, or log on to               five minutes
isn’t enough incentive, consider this: Florida-
                                                                 hillsborough.extension.ufl.edu.

 Hillsborough County Celebrates Older Americans Month                                                                               • It takes 39,000
  May is Older Americans Month, and                                                                                               gallons of water to
Hillsborough County’s Aging Services Depart-                Seniors Prom
                                                            May 12, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                  produce the average
ment is planning a variety of activities to celebrate
the life and achievements of senior citizens:               Brandon Recreation Center, 8510 E. Sadie St.                          domestic auto,
                                                            32nd Annual Seniors Recognition                                       including tires.
       Seniors Day in the Park                              Ceremony, May 18, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
       May 5, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.                            Doubletree Hotel, 4500 W. Cypress St.
       MacFarlane Park,                                     Seniors Painting Festival                                • About 25 - 50 gallons are needed
       1700 N. MacDill Ave.                                 May 25, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.                                for a tub bath.
       Annual Elderly Affairs Day                           MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Ave.
       Celebration                                          National Senior Health & Fitness Day                     • The largest use of potable water
       May 10, 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.                          May 31, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.                               in the United States goes for
       J.L. Young Apartment                                 Brandon, Wimauma, Riverside,                           irrigation.
       8220 N. Florida Ave.                                 and Westshore Senior Centers
                Just a Friendly Watering                            NEWS BRIEFS...
272-5242
                                                                                                                                  COMMUNICATOR
                                                                      Hillsborough County Will Hold
                      Reminder....                                          Community Job Fair
             The weather is warming up and while you may              Are you looking for a job or maybe to brush up
           be tempted to water your lawn, keep in mind there        on your interviewing skills? Hillsborough County               Keeping You Informed About County Government
           are restrictions. With the exception of reclaimed        can help with the Career Connections Job Fair sched-                             May 2006
           water users and residents who have received
           variances from the Southwest Florida Water
                                                                    uled Wednesday, May 17, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at
                                                                    the University Area Community Center Complex,
                                                                                                                                             Have A Plan
           Management District, watering of established             14013 N. 22nd St. in Tampa.
           lawns and landscaping in unincorporated                    Career Connections will assist low-income resi-
           Hillsborough County is allowed two days a week.                               dents in becoming self-suffi-
           Watering days for addresses ending in even                                    cient by obtaining or enhanc-
           numbers are Tuesdays and Saturdays. For
           addresses ending in odd numbers, locations with
                                                                                          ing employment opportunities.
                                                                                          More than 50 employers are
                                                                                                                                      Know Your Plan
                                                                                                                                     An active hurricane season is expected, so it’s im-
           no address and community areas like subdivision                                expected to attend. The first           portant all residents do their part to prepare, and
           entrances, the watering days are Wednesdays and                                300 job-seekers will receive an         Hillsborough County can help. Hillsborough County
           Sundays. Watering is allowed before 8 a.m. or                                  incentive gift bag.                     is preparing hurricane information kits that will soon
           after 6 p.m.                                                                                                           be available at local libraries, neighborhood service
             Plant materials other than grass may be hand-             You Can Always                                             centers and senior service centers. It includes a sug-
           watered at any time. Low-volume irrigation                   Count On Your                                             gested shopping list, handy magnet for your refrig-
           systems may also be used in plant beds at any            Hillsborough County                                           erator and waterproof plastic bag to keep your im-
           time. There are special rules for residents who                                                                        portant documents. Plus, don’t forget to tune into
                                                                      Information Line
           put in new sod and for professional companies                                                                          HTV22, the county government’s cable television
                          that apply pesticides or fertilizers to
                                                                     For Courteous and
                                                                         Professional                                             station on cable channel 22, for hurricane informa-
                                  lawns.                                                                                          tion. And, mark your calendars now for the follow-
                                        The restrictions apply            Assistance                                              ing events:
                                      to all residents - not just    Regarding County                                                     “Tenga Un Plan y Protéjase”
                                       Water Resource Ser-                 Services                                                       Thursday, May 18, 2006
                                        vices customers - and                                                                             2nd Annual Spanish Hurricane
                                         most water sources,                  Hillsborough County                                         Conference at Jefferson High School
                                           including private                      Communicator
                                            wells. Breaking the     Published every month by the Communications Department
                                                                                                                                        HTV22’s Live “Storm Ready in
                                             rules can result in           to inform residents about the programs, services             Hillsborough”
                                              penalties ranging                and activities of their County government.               Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 6:30 p.m.
                  For more                    from a $102 fine        For more information, call the Hillsborough Information           A panel of experts answer questions
                                                                            Line at 272-5900, or visit the county’s website at:
             information on                    for the first                          www.hillsboroughcounty.org
                                                                                                                                        from residents.
                                               offense, to a                    Board of County Commissioners                       For more information call 272-5900 or visit
                  watering                     mandatory court                              Jim Norman, Chair                              www.hillsboroughcounty.org.
                restrictions,                  appearance and             Ken Hagan, Vice Chair
                                                                                Brian Blair
                                                                                                                  Kathy Castor
                                                                                                                  Thomas Scott
                                                                                                                                     In This Issue...
               call 275-7094                  fines up to $500                 Mark Sharpe                        Ronda Storms       • Warm Weather Watering
                                              for the third                                 Patricia G. Bean                         • May is Older Americans Month
                                              offense.                                     County Administrator
                                                                                                                                     • Need a Job? - Help Wanted

								
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