Watering Restrictions in effect as of July 1st 2010 for the Southwest Florida Water Management District including Polk County


Lawn Watering Schedules and Times

  • Lawn watering is limited to twice per week.
  • Unless your city or county has a different schedule or stricter hours in effect,

    Even addresses may water on Thursday and/or Sunday before 10:00 am or after 4:00 p.m.

    Odd addresses may water on Wednesday and/or Saturday before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.

Landscape Watering Schedule and Times

  • Hand watering and micro-irrigation or plants (other then lawns) can be done on any day of the week.

New Lawns and Plants

  • New lawns and plants have a 30-30 establishment period, which allows any-day watering for the first 30 days.
  • During the second 30 days, watering is allowed three days per week: even-day numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; odd numbered addresses may water Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Reclaimed Water

  • Reclaimed water remains subject to voluntary hours, unless blended with another water source or restricted by the local government or utility.

Fountains, Car Washing and Pressure Cleaning

  • There are no restrictions on fountains, car washing and pressure washing.
  • However, the District asks that residents be as efficient as possible, such as using a shut-off nozzle on their hose, so water isn't wasted.

When watering, remember that central Florida sandy soils require from 1/2 to 3/4 inch of water to wet the root zone. Any less amount of water will encourage root growth too close to the surface, and any more irrigation will wet beyond the root zone and carry nutrients out of reach of the roots and into the aquifer.

If you have an automatic sprinkler system, learn how to set the system manually. Inspect the system for malfunctioning parts on a regular basis. Use coffee cans or some other smooth sided container to determine the output and coverage of the system. You cannot determine the coverage of the system with the naked eye.