Current Watering Restrictions

Current Watering Restrictions

District Water Restrictions

Always refer to your city or county opens in a new windowregulations first.

Effective Date and Areas

  • The District’s Phase I water shortage restrictions are in effect Nov. 21, 2023 through July 1, 2024, except where stricter measures have been imposed by local governments.
  • The following restrictions apply to all of Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter counties; portions of Lake and Levy counties; The City of Dunnellon and The Villages in Marion County; and the portion of Gasparilla Island in Lee County.
  • As of Dec. 1, 2023, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties will be under a Modified Phase I Water Shortage Order limiting water restrictions to once per week.
  • Some local governments such as unincorporated Citrus, Hernando and Sarasota counties, and the cities of Dunedin and Venice, have local ordinances that remain on one-day-per-week schedules.

Once-Per-Week Lawn Watering Days and Times for Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties

  • awn watering is limited to no more than once per week.
  • Lawn watering days and times are as follows unless your city or county has a different schedule or stricter hours in effect:
    • If your address (house number) ends in…
      • …0 or 1, water only on Monday
      • …2 or 3, water only on Tuesday
      • …4 or 5, water only on Wednesday
      • …6 or 7, water only on Thursday
      • …8 or 9*, water only on Friday
      • * and locations without a discernible address
    • Unless your city or county already has stricter hours in effect, properties under two acres in size may only water before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
    • Unless your city or county already has stricter hours in effect, properties two acres or larger may only water before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
  • Low-volume watering of plants and shrubs (micro-irrigation, soaker hoses, hand watering) is allowed any day and any time.

New Lawns and 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 is only subject to voluntary watering hours, unless restricted by the local government or utility.

Fountains, Car Washing and Pressure Washing

  • There are no specific restrictions on fountains, car washing and pressure washing.
  • These and other water uses should be conducted as efficiently as possible, such as using a shutoff nozzle on each hose to adhere to the general restriction prohibiting wasteful water use.

Other Requirements

In addition, the following activities should be executed:

  • Test irrigation systems for leaks and efficiencies.
  • Agricultural users should comply with all permit conditions and Best Management Practices.
  • Golf courses should comply with all water use permit conditions and Best Management Practices; fairways/driving ranges should be irrigated twice per week; tees and green areas three times a week; nonplay areas should follow lawn and landscape irrigation days and times.
  • All wasteful water use such as hosing down driveways and impervious surfaces, allowing water to flow unattended and using water in a grossly inefficient manner, is prohibited.
  • Water utilities should review and update enforcement procedures, implement the ability to issue and process citations, refer complaints to the District, submit status report of enforcement activities to the District in 60 days and submit all monthly enforcement data to the District monthly.

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