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Watering Restrictions

ONCE A WEEK WATERING RESTRICTIONS

Effective June 5, 2017, St. Petersburg is under a Modified Phase III Water Shortage Order as defined by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).

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Because the continued lack of significant rainfall has increased demand for water in the Tampa Bay region, the SWFWMD has declared a Water Shortage. Order number 2017-014 will remain in effect from June 5 through August 1, 2017, unless altered by SWFWMD. 

*Key Water Shortage Order Information*

Please note that the restrictions detailed below are for St. Petersburg water customers located within city limits only. If you live outside city limits or receive your water bill from another entity, please check with your municipality, Pinellas County, or the SWFWMD for current water restrictions for your location.

Lawn and Landscape Water Use Rules - Potable, Private Well, and Surface Water Sources

Watering with potable (city) water, water from private wells, or private connections to surface water sources (lakes, ponds, etc.) is restricted according to property address number as follows:

  • Irrigation of established lawns and landscapes is restricted from 5 to 9 a.m. or from 7 to 11 p.m. 
  • Addresses ending in an EVEN number may irrigate on Saturday Only, if necessary.
  • Addresses ending in an ODD number may irrigate on Sunday Only, if necessary.
  • Hand watering of non-lawn landscape is allowed any day, at any time, if needed.
  • Hand watering of lawn/turf is allowed ONLY during designated watering day and times. An automatic shutoff device must be installed on any hose and used at all times. 
  • Micro-irrigation (low-flow) or drip irrigation) is allowed any day, at any time, if needed.
ALLOWABLE WATERING DAYS - BASED ON PROPERTY ADDRESS
  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Potable (city) Water           even odd
Private Well or Surface Water           even odd
Reclaimed Water (voluntary)   even odd even odd even odd


Users of Reclaimed Water

Due to continued drought conditions and limited supply issues, reclaimed water customers are asked to be "water wise" and water no more than three days per week. EVEN numbers should irrigate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; ODD numbers should irrigate on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Irrigation is suggested from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Watering during the heat of the day is inefficient as much of the water used is lost to evaporation and wind drift.  


Other Water Use Rules

  • Wasteful and unnecessary water use is prohibited.
  • Use of an automatic shutoff device (hose nozzle) is required when using a hose for any purpose.
  • Car washing is restricted to the location's designated watering day.
  • Esthetic Fountains and Waterfalls shall only operate eight (8) hours per day. Hours should be posted on-site.
  • Cleaning and maintenance of an irrigation system is limited to once a week. An attendant must be present. Run times cannot exceed ten (10) minutes per zone.
  • Boat washing and motor flushing are allowed after usage.
  • Chemicals such as pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides applied to lawn or plants by a hired professional shall be watered in according to manufacturer's instructions within 24 hours after application. A sign showing the date of application must be visible in the yard. Allowable hours must still be followed (5 a.m. to 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.). Chemical treatments not applied by a hired professional must be watered-in on the designated watering day, during allowable times for the address.

View the St. Petersburg Watering Restrictions Fact Sheet for more details.


Variance Rules for Watering New/Replacement Lawns and New Landscape Plants

Irrigation of new plants, new sod installations, and lawn renovations (sod, plugs, and other turf grass material) with potable (city) water, private well water, and private connections to surface water sources (lakes, ponds, etc.) requires a variance granted by St. Petersburg's Water Resources Department. The new plant material may be watered on any day of the week; however, allowable watering hours are 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

Obtain this 30-day variance by calling 893-7261 and submitting appropriate documentation along with the customer’s request. Include your name, address, and phone number. Eligibility requirements apply. Only one variance is allowed within a six month period. No extensions will be granted. 


Enforcement of Watering Restrictions

St. Petersburg continues to enforce watering restrictions. First-time violations observed by enforcement personnel will result in the issuance of a Warning Notice. Subsequent violations will result in a Class II municipal ordinance offense that is subject to a $180 fine, plus court costs. Court costs range from $13 for uncontested violations to $58 for contested violations. Subsequent violations are subject to higher fines as assessed by the court up to a maximum fine of $500 plus court costs.

For additional information, call the Water Watch Info Line at 892-5300.


Sensible Sprinkling Program - Available to all Residential, Multi-family and Commercial Water Customers

This Program offers a FREE CHECK-UP to water customers with working in-ground sprinkler systems using potable, reclaimed, or well water. Participants may apply to receive, at no charge, a sprinkler system evaluation with site-specific recommendations, a diagram of the sprinkler layout, installation of a rain sensor if one is not present, water conservation information, and an automatic shut-off hose nozzle by submitting a Sensible Sprinkling application. Call 551-3177 or e-mail: SensibleSprinkling@stpete.org for more information.


Register Your Private Well

Registration of private wells assists water restriction enforcement staff with accurate reporting. Register your private well online, or you can call 893-7261.


Thank you for doing your part to save our valuable water resources. We encourage all residents to be water efficient. Check for leaks, replace or retrofit fixtures to be more water efficient, install a rain sensor on your sprinkler system, and follow outdoor water restrictions.

For more information on how we can assist you in conserving water, visit our Water Conservation page, contact the water conservation office at 727-892-5688. Please leave your name, address, and phone number.

Information provided becomes part of the public record which citizens have the right to review. Any written or email material received or generated by city Staff or Council Members becomes public record and state law requires the record be made available for inspection upon request.

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