Modified Phase I Water Shortage Restrictions

Always refer to your city or county regulations first.

Effective Date and Areas

  • The District’s modified Phase I water shortage restrictions are in effect May 8, 2017 through July 31, 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 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.

Contact Us

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

Mailing Address

Demand Management Program
SWFWMD
7601 U.S. Hwy. 301 North
Tampa, FL 33637

A petition for variance pdf from year-round water conservation measures or water shortage restrictions is available for qualified circumstances. To confirm that a variance is needed or for assistance when filling out an application form, check with our staff during normal business hours at 1-800-848-0499 (FL only) or email Water.Variances@WaterMatters.org.

Always refer to your city or county regulations first.

The District allows local governments to impose special watering schedules.

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For more detailed information, view these fact sheets.


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