Water Restrictions

Updated June 5, 2017


  • Southwest Florida Water Management District modified Phase III Water Shortage Order issued for 16-county area, including Pinellas
  • Order goes into effect June 5
  • Current restrictions for Pinellas County Utilities potable water customers do not change
  • Customers should reduce unnecessary water use to conserve resource
Due to the current drought conditions, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) issued a modified Phase III Water Shortage Order that includes Pinellas County and other surrounding counties under their jurisdiction. The order goes into effect on June 5, 2017.

The order requests that all water users reduce wasteful and unnecessary water use and be prepared for more stringent restrictions if drought conditions worsen.

Customers should monitor Pinellas County Utilities’ water restrictions website at http://www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/water-restrict.htm for up-to-date information, as restrictions can change at any time. The current authorized irrigation schedule using potable, well, lake or pond sources for Utilities customers is as follows:
  • Addresses ending in 0 or 1: Monday
  • Addresses ending in 2 or 3: Tuesday
  • Addresses ending in 4 or 5: Wednesday
  • Addresses ending in 6 or 7: Thursday
  • Addresses ending in 8 or 9: Friday
  • No address (community common areas, etc.): Friday
Unless your city or county already has stricter hours in effect, the allowable watering hours are before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., regardless of property size.

If you are not a Pinellas County Utilities customer, please check with your water supplier to verify your watering days.

Customers using reclaimed water provided by Pinellas County Utilities should be following the reclaimed water restrictions found at http://www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/reclaim-irrigation.htm.

For more detailed information about water restrictions, call Customer Service at (727) 464-4000 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/utilities.

The Pinellas County water program underscores a key component of Pinellas County’s Strategic Plan: reducing, reusing and recycling resources including energy, water and solid waste.


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Lawn Watering Schedule & Times

  • Lawn watering is limited to 1 day per week, Unless your city or county already has stricter hours in effect, the allowable watering hours are before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., regardless of property size.

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 settings are correct and the rain sensor is working properly in accordance with state law.

New Lawns & Plants


  • New lawns and plants have a 60-day establishment period, which allows any-day watering during days 1-30.
  • During days 31-60, watering is allowed approximately every other day:
    • Even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
    • Odd-numbered addresses may water Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
    • Rights-of-way and other “no address” locations may be watered on Fridays only

Other Restrictions

  • Reduce indoor water use on a voluntary basis
  • Test and repair irrigation systems

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