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Water Restrictions

Modified Phase I Water Shortage 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.

  • Lawn Watering Days and 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 discernable 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.

 

Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on 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 remains 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

“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. Water utilities, in consultation with applicable local enforcement agencies, must:

  • Review, update and implement enforcing year-round and water shortage
  • restrictions.
  • Report information to the District regarding violations involving a Water Use Permit holder.
  • Respond to residential and other enforcement referrals made by the District.
  • Transmit enforcement data to the District on a monthly basis
  • Inform customers about the declaration, local supplies and water conservation
  • opportunities.
  • Address inquiries from the District and citizens about line flushing and
  • disinfection activity.

Report Watering Violations

Use this service to report a water use violation, or you may call us at 1-800-848-0499 (FL only) and leave a detailed message.

For More Information Visit: http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/conservation/restrictions/swfwmd.php

Contacts

Mandy Hines
County Administrator
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Ph:   (863) 993-4800
Fax:  (863) 993-4809

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Suite 201
Arcadia, FL 34266
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