Water Shortage Notice
The Southwest Florida Water Management District has declared a Phase III Water Shortage to go in effect June 5, 2017, through August 1, 2017. These measures currently apply to all of Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties; the portions of Charlotte, Highlands, Lake, Levy, Marion, Polk and Sumter, within the District's jurisdiction; and Gasparilla Island (including the portion in Lee County) have some local exceptions.
Reclaimed water use is not restricted as to time of day or day of week; however, it must not be used excessively or unnecessarily.
Watering restrictions apply to all properties in unincorporated Hillsborough County. Use the table below to determine your watering days.
IMPORTANT: Irrigation schedules have changed, and you will likely need to reset your irrigation timer to stay compliant.Effective as of June 5, 2017
|Addresses ending in the number 0 or 1||Monday|
|Addresses ending in the number 2 or 3||Tuesday|
|Addresses ending in the number 4 or 5||Wednesday|
|Addresses ending in the number 6 or 7||Thursday|
|Addresses ending in the number 8 or 9||Friday|
|Locations with no address
(common areas, entry areas)
During the current restrictions, stricter enforcement has been put in place. Violators will receive citations without first issuing a warning.
- Restrictions are for all properties in unincorporated Hillsborough County
- Watering must occur before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., regardless of property size
- You may only water any zone of a property once during the allowable day, not both in the morning and in the evening
- Empty wading pools or other recreational devices onto a lawn or landscape requiring irrigation
- These rules apply to all sources of water, including well water and surface water
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
- See also "Deed Restrictions" below
- Chemicals such as pesticides, fertilizer, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides applied to your lawn or landscape plant by a certified professional applicator:
- Can be watered in according to manufacturer's instructions within 24 hours of the chemical treatment, the evening of the application, or the morning afterward
- Allowable on your non-designated watering day provided a dated chemical advisory marker showing the date of application is visible in the yard
- Must water prior to 8 a.m or after 6 p.m.
- If you apply a chemical treatment to your lawn or landscape plants yourself, the watering in of those chemicals must be done on your designated watering day for your address prior to 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
- Reclaimed water remains subject to voluntary watering hours, unless blended with another water source or restricted by the local government or utility
- Car washing is limited to once-per-week on the designated watering day for the location
- Commercial car washes, including mobile detailing businesses, may still operate on any day
- Emergency and other first responder vehicles may still be washed on any day as needed
- Fundraising events are prohibited unless they were scheduled prior to enactment of this order
- Pressure washing is allowed once a year and for necessary purposes, such as prior to painting or sealing, in order to maintain a paint of material warranty, to address a health or safety hazard and to comply with health laws
- See also "Deed Restrictions" below.
- Fountains and other aesthetic water features may only operate eight hours per day
- The regular hours of operation can be selected by the owner, but must be posted
Other Water Uses:
- Sprinkler-like devices used on a lawn for recreational purposes shall be limited to the lawn and landscape restrictions
- The lawn and landscape of agricultural operations, commercial establishments, golf courses, athletic fields, and industrial facilities are subject to the lawn and landscape restrictions listed in the Water Shortage Order
- Additional restrictions apply to water uses specific to agricultural operations, commercial establishments, golf courses, athletic fields, and industrial facilities
Deed Restrictions & Community Standards Enforcement:
- Homeowners associations and other entities must suspend any requirement to replace lawns, pressure wash, or engage in other activity which increases water use during this water shortage declaration
Water Utilities and Other Essential Services:
- Water use necessary for fire suppression, maintaining safe drinking water quality, and other essential services is not restricted