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If you have additional water restriction questions, please contact us by sending an email to Water.Restrictions@WaterMatters.org or by calling our water restrictions hotline at 1-800-848-0499 (FL only) or 1-800-836-0797 (FL only), ext. 2298.

Effective Dates and Affected Areas

  • The District’s Phase I water shortage restrictions are in effect March 10, 2017 through July 30, 2017, except where stricter measures have been imposed by local governments.
  • Phase I water shortage restrictions apply to portions of Lake, Marion and Sumter counties.
  • 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.

Summary of Restrictions and Other Requirements

  • Everyone must continue following current lawn and landscape irrigation restrictions for their community unless your city or county has a different schedule or more stringent restrictions.
  • “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.
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