Watering Restrictions

What days and times can I water my lawn?

A “Phase I” declaration means that conditions are below normal and warrant alerting the general public and ordering water utilities and other water users to review and implement procedures as a means of preparing for possible action.

The District’s Phase I water shortage restrictions went into effect on December 1, 2012 and is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2012.

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 am or after 4 pm.
    • Odd addresses may water on Wednesday and/or Saturday before 10 am or after 4 pm.
    • Locations without a discernable address, such as right-of-way and other common areas inside a subdivision, may water on Tuesday and/or Friday before 10 am or after 4 pm.

 Irrigation Systems

  • Residents are asked to check their irrigation systems to ensure they are working properly. This means testing and repairing broken pipes and leaks, and damaged or tilted sprinkler heads.
  • Residents should also check their irrigation timer to ensure the setting is correct and the rain sensor is working properly in accordance with state law.

 New Lawns and Plants

  • New lawns and plants have a 30-30 establishment period, which allows any-day watering during the first 30 days 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 on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday
    • Locations without a discernable address may water on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.

More information about Year-Round Landscape and Irrigation Efficiency Programs, including links to local government websites, is online at www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/conservation/restrictions/swfwmd.php