Utilities Division

District Phase I Water Shortage Restrictions

Provided by Southwest Florida Water Management District

Always refer to your "city or county" regulations first.

Effective Date and Areas

  • The District’s Phase I water shortage restrictions are in effect May 12, 2020 through July 1, 2020, except where stricter measures have been imposed by local governments. 
  • Phase I water shortage restrictions apply to portions of Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.
  • Some local governments such as unincorporated Hillsborough County and the cities of Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa have local ordinances with special twice-per-week schedules.
  • Some local governments such as unincorporated Pasco and Sarasota counties, and the cities of Dunedin, Longboat Key, Sarasota and Venice, have local ordinances that remain on one-day-per-week schedules.

Summary of Restrictions and Other Requirements

Twice-per-week lawn watering schedules remain in effect unless local restrictions apply. In addition, the following activities should be executed:

  • Test irrigation systems for leaks and efficiencies.
  • Agricultural users should comply with all permit conditions and Best Management Practices. 
  • Golf courses should comply with all water use permit conditions and Best Management Practices; fairways/driving ranges should be irrigated twice per week; tees and green areas three times a week; nonplay areas should follow lawn and landscape irrigation days and times.
  • All wasteful water use such as hosing down driveways and impervious surfaces, allowing water to flow unattended and using water in a grossly inefficient manner, is prohibited.

Please report any written complaints to Central Dispatch:

Email:   amogle@avonpark.cc

Phone: 863-452-4429 or 863-452-4433

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