Water Restrictions

Phase III Water Restrictions For 16 Counties

District Tightens Water Restrictions throughout 16-County Region

Potable water

Due to a rainfall deficit of 11 inches since October 2016 and the driest dry season in 103 years, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) issued a modified Phase III water shortage order that includes Pinellas County and 15 other surrounding counties under their jurisdiction. The order goes into effect on June 5, 2017 and will remain in effect until August 1, 2017.

The following schedule is for Pinellas County Utilities customers. Other utilities may have stricter schedules and those customers should check with their supplier to verify watering times and days.

Lawn watering is limited to a once-per-week schedule using potable, well, lake or pond sources 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
  • Addresses with mixed or no addresses: Friday
  • Prohibited lawn irrigation hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Handwatering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day at any time, if needed.

Although installing new material is not ideal during severe drought conditions, new lawns and plants have a 60-day establishment period. On days 1-30, they may be watered any day of the week during authorized hours. During days 31-60, they may be watered approximately every other day, if needed. Even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Odd-numbered addresses may be watered on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. For additional restrictions on irrigating new material, please visit our website http://www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/water-restrict.htm.    

Homeowners associations and other entities must suspend any requirement to replace lawns, pressure wash or engage in other activity which is not in alignment with the water shortage declaration.

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. 

Sprinkler-like devices used for recreational purposes shall be limited to the lawn and landscape restrictions. 

In addition, Pinellas County must enforce restrictions. Violation of the restrictions may result in a fine of $193. Customers can avoid a fine by ensuring irrigation systems are operating in accordance with the restrictions at all times. There is no allowance for malfunctioning or improperly set timers.


If you are a reclaimed water user,  this does not apply to reclaimed water. Customers using reclaimed water provided by Pinellas County Utilities should be monitoring the reclaimed water restrictions site at http://www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/reclaim-irrigation.htm

South County Reclaimed Watering Schedule
for unincorporated Pinellas County residents (map) pdf file

Effective April 22, 2017–The South County reclaimed water system pressure will be reduced during the prohibited irrigation hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and the 24 hour period on Mondays to help with storage level recovery and to avoid service interruptions or additional restrictions.

Seasonal Restrictions Schedule: October 1 – November 30
and April 1 – June 30

Three Days a Week

Please follow the watering schedule below based on your address.

Addresses ending in:

Authorized Watering Days:

EVEN numbers: 0, 2, 4, 6, 8

Tuesday, Thursday, and/or Saturday

ODD numbers: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9

Wednesday, Friday, and/or Sunday

Locations with no or mixed addresses
(common areas, entry areas/office complexes, shopping centers )

Wednesday, Friday, and/or Sunday

Watering hours (regardless of property size):

Morning: midnight to 10 a.m. Evening: 4 p.m. to midnight

For more detailed information about water restrictions for potable, well, lake, and pond sources, call Customer Service at (727) 464-4000 or visit http://www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/water-restrict.htm.