Always refer to your city or county regulations first.
The District allows local governments to impose special watering schedules.
If you have additional water restriction questions or wish to report a possible violation, please contact us by calling our water restrictions hotline at 1-800-848-0499 (FL only) (personal assistance is available during business hours; off-hours uses an automated response system) or 1-800-836-0797 (FL only), ext. 2298; also by email at Water.Restrictions@ WaterMatters.org.
Effective Dates and Affected Areas
- Phase II water shortage restrictions are in effect through July 31, 2014.
- The restrictions affect Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.
Lawn Watering Schedule and Times
- Lawn watering is limited to a once-per-week schedule through March 1, 2014 and then will return to a twice-per-week schedule.
- Lawn watering days and times for the twice-per-week schedule 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 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
- Odd addresses may water on Wednesday and/or Saturday before 8 a.m. or after 6 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 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
Landscape Watering Schedule and Times
- Handwatering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day at any time, if needed.
New Lawns & Plants
- New lawns and plants have a 60-day establishment period. On days 1-30, they may be watered any day of the week. During days 31-60, they may be watered approximately every other day. Even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Odd-numbered addresses may be watered on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
- Reclaimed water remains subject to voluntary watering hours, unless blended with another water source or restricted by the local government or utility.
Other Water Uses
- The lawn and landscape of agricultural operations, commercial establishments and industrial facilities are subject to the lawn and landscape restrictions listed in the Water Shortage Order.
- Sprinkler-like devices used on a lawn for recreational purposes shall be limited to the lawn and landscape restrictions.
Deed Restrictions & Community Standards Enforcement
- Homeowners associations and other entities must suspend any requirement to replace lawns or engage in other activity which increases water use during this water shortage declaration.
Water Utility Responsibilities (Does not apply to water utilities who are allowed to withdraw less than 100,000 gallons per day)
- Provide a monthly enforcement report.
- Continue implementing customer messaging and other water conservation efforts.