Water Restrictions

​Effective Date and Areas 


  • The District’s modified Phase I water shortage restrictions are in effect May 8, 2017 through July 1, 2017, except where stricter measures have been imposed by local governments.
  • These measures currently apply to all of Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Lake, Manatee, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter counties; the portion of Gasparilla Island in Lee County; and the cities of Temple Terrace, Plant City and North Port. See below for more information on areas where stricter measures have been imposed by local governments.
  • Ocala and most of unincorporated Marion County follows the St. Johns River Water Management District’s water restrictions; however, the City of Dunnellon and The Villages remain under the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s water restrictions.
  • Levy County follows the Suwannee River Water Management District.
  • Some local governments such as Hillborough County and the cities of Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa have local ordinances with special twice-per-week schedules.
  • Some local governments such as Hernando, Pasco and Sarasota counties and the cities of Brooksville, Dunedin, Longboat Key, Sarasota and Venice have local ordinances that remain on one-day-per-week schedules.

Lawn Water Restrictions


Lawn Watering Schedule & Times

    • Lawn watering is limited to twice per week.
    • Lawn watering days and times are as follows unless your city or county has a different schedule or stricter hours in effect:
      • Even addresses may water on Thursday and/or Sunday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
      • Odd addresses may water on Wednesday and/or Saturday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
      • Locations without a discernible address, such as rights-of-way and other common areas inside a subdivision, may water on Tuesday and/or Friday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

Landscape Watering Schedule & Times

Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day and at any time.

New Lawns & Plants


  • New lawns and plants have a “30-30” establishment period.
  • On the day of installation, watering is allowed on any day at any time.
  • During the first 30 days, watering is allowed on any day during the allowable hours.
  • During the second 30 days, watering is allowed three days per week: even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; odd-numbered addresses may water Monday, Wednesday and Saturday; and locations without a discernable address may water on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Reclaimed Water


Reclaimed water remains subject to voluntary watering hours, unless blended with another water source or restricted by the local government or utility.


Fountain Operation, Car Washing & Pressure Washing


There are no restrictions on fountains, car washing and pressure washing. However, the District asks that residents be as efficient as possible, such as using a shut-off nozzle on their hose, so water isn’t wasted.

​Other Requirements

“Wasteful and Unnecessary” water use is prohibited, including: allowing water to be dispersed without any practical purpose, using water in a grossly inefficient manner, and using water for a purpose that can be readily accomplished by other means.

Enforcement


City police and code enforcement officers will enforce the provisions of Ordinance 96-06, Water Shortage Emergency, within the municipal limits by issuing local citations and collecting fines in the same manner as local traffic infractions are enforced.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office will enforce the provisions of the ordinance within those areas of the city's utility service area that lie outside the municipal limits. A violation of the ordinance is a civil infraction and violators will be subject to the following penalties:


Violation Penalties


  • First Violation - $25.00
  • Second and Subsequent Violations - Not to exceed $500 per offense
Court Costs may be imposed as provided by law. Each day the violation continues shall be considered a separate violation.

Additional Information


If you need to familiarize yourself regarding restrictions and other requirements included in the Water Shortage Order, please the Water Matters website.