April 22 2013 05:00 PM

One of the driest months of the year in Florida is April, designated as Water Conservation Month.

During the dry season, and especially April, residents and businesses in the Tampa Bay region are encouraged to be water smart and do their part to help conserve water by taking three simple steps: water only on designated days, use a hose nozzle to prevent water waste, and skip landscape watering during or after rain.

“Water use in our area spikes during the spring dry season,” said David Bracciano, demand management coordinator for Tampa Bay Water. “In fact, up to 50 percent of all water used ends up on lawns.”

The Tampa Bay region is currently under region-wide restrictions that limit lawn watering to one day a week. These restrictions are designed to conserve water where it is being used most, as the region’s water supply is currently limited by drought and renovation of the regional reservoir.

Tampa Bay Water provides wholesale water to the public utility systems of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties, as well as the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa.