Lawn Watering Restrictions
Water Shortage Orders
Water Shortage Orders have been issued for parts of the South Florida Water Management District.
- An Order on Landscape Irrigation Amid Dry Conditions (2020-008-DAO-WS) requesting irrigation conservation measures was issued on April 18, 2020 affecting all irrigation users in the District’s geographic boundaries (all or part of 16 counties). Click HERE for more information.
- An Order was issued on April 22nd, 2020 (2020-012-DAO-WS), calling for new/additional restrictions on irrigation in Lee County (effective on April 25th, 2020); click HERE for more.
- For general information on Water Shortage and additional information on areas affected by the current orders, click HERE.
The South Florida Water Management District’s year-round landscape watering restrictions (Chapter 40E-24, Florida Administrative Code) are designed to ensure the efficient use of water landscape (includes lawns) irrigation.
The restrictions allow enough water to maintain healthy landscapes year-round. These mandatory restrictions specify the time and the days of the week when watering is permitted for residential and nonresidential locations.
These days depend on whether the address ends in an odd or even number. A healthy landscape only needs 3/4s to 1 inch of water per week during summer growing season and only as needed to supplement rainfall. During the winter season, when a lawn goes dormant, it requires even less. Click HERE to see recommended zone run times (minutes) to set on your timer.
The YRR applies to all landscape irrigation from all water sources, including public or privately-owned water utility systems, private wells or private connections to surface water bodies (ponds, lakes, canals, etc.), with the following exceptions:
- Use of reclaimed water
- Athletic play areas (including golf courses, football, baseball, soccer, polo, tennis, and lawn bowling fields, and rodeo, equestrian, and livestock arenas)
- Agricultural operations (including nurseries) with District issued consumptive use permits
- Hand watering is allowed at any time provided the hose has a self-cancelling nozzle.
In short, the YRR prohibits landscape irrigation between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and limits watering to two or three days per week depending on the area. The District has complied this a list of local restrictions (see the drop-down menu below) with the best available information, based on local ordinances, and the District’s authority. Property owners should refer to their local or county ordinance. However, many local governments are in the process of updating their local ordinances to be consistent with the District’s YRR. If your local government’s ordinance allows irrigation more than three days per week, it likely has not completed its local adoption process. In such cases, property owners should refer to the District’s YRR and continue to check with their local government for updates.
Click the drop-down menu below to find the days and times when you can water in your area:
For areas where local governments have adopted a three-day per week restrictions, permissible watering days are as follows:
- Even-Numbered Addresses or other locations without an address, may irrigate only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Sundays.
- Odd-Numbered Addresses may irrigate only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Saturdays.
For areas where local governments have adopted a two-day per week restrictions, permissable watering days are as follows:
- Even-Numbered Addresses or other locations without an address, may irrigate only on Thursdays, and/or Sundays.
- Odd-Numbered Addresses may irrigate only on Wednesdays, and/or Saturdays.
Specific exceptions to the Rule have been defined for the installation of new landscaping material, irrigation system maintenance and repair, watering-in of fertilizers and other chemical treatments, and when using low-volume (micro or by-hand) watering methods. For more information on the District’s YRR, click HERE.
It is important for residents to note the distinction between the YRR, which is mandatory, year-round, and permanent, and a declared Water Shortage, which is a temporary declaration. For more information on water shortage, click HERE.