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January 17, 2007

The Water Shortage Order, which restricts lawn watering to one-day-per-week throughout the 16 counties within the Southwest Florida Water Management District, is in effect.

The restrictions apply to the use of water from public and private water utilities as well as the use of all wells and surface water sources (ponds, rivers, etc.). The order will remain in place until July 31 unless otherwise modified or rescinded by the executive director or the District Governing Board.

The water shortage order was declared earlier this month by the District’s Executive Director David L. Moore following a lengthy presentation by staff outlining the depressed hydrologic conditions. Every county in the District is experiencing some water resource impacts as a result of lack of rainfall over the last year. The average rainfall deficit is 11.6 inches. At the start of January, abnormally low groundwater conditions existed in portions of 15 of the 16 counties within the District.

The following is a schedule and summary of the restrictions.

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

Lawn & Landscape Watering

  • If your city or county already has a once-per-week schedule in effect, your watering day will remain the same.
  • If you were previously allowed to follow a twice-per-week schedule, you now need to follow the schedule shown.
  • 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.
  • Variances are available if a property proposes an alternative irrigation plan (such as splitting a large property into two pieces and assigning a different day to each piece).
  • Handwatering or microirrigation of non-lawn landscape is allowed.
  • Certain exemptions are available, such as allowances for new plant material.
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