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Watering Restrictions


St. Petersburg is in a water caution area as defined by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and is committed to water conservation.


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 2017-14 requests that all water users reduce unnecessary and wasteful water use, and prepare for tightened water use restrictions if extreme dry conditions continue.

Key Water Restriction 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 to twice a week for all water sources except reclaimed water.
  • Addresses ending in an even number may irrigate on Tuesday and Saturday Only
  • Addresses ending in an odd number may irrigate on Wednesday and Sunday Only
  • Watering hours are from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and/or 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. 
Potable (city) Water   even  odd     even odd
Private Well or Surface Water   even  odd     even odd
Reclaimed Water (voluntary)   even odd even odd even odd

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

  • Hand watering of non-lawn landscape is allowed any day, at any time. An automatic shutoff device (hose nozzle) must be installed on your hose and used at all times.

  • Hand watering of lawn/turf is restricted to designated hours on assigned days (see above).

  • Micro-irrigation (low-flow or drip irrigation) is allowed any day, at any time.

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 not restricted, but the use of an automatic shutoff device is required.
  • Fountains and Waterfalls can be operated at any time.
  • 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 designated watering days, during allowable times for the address.

View the St. Petersburg Watering Restrictions Fact Sheet.

Users of Reclaimed Water - Voluntary Restrictions

St. Petersburg customers using reclaimed water for irrigation are not currently restricted. However, residents 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. and 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.

NOTE: During dry seasons and periods of drought, mandatory restrictions on the use of reclaimed water may be authorized by the Mayor and City Council, pursuant to Section 27-170 of City Code.

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.

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 turfgrass 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. This variance would allow watering of new plant material on any day of the week; however, allowable watering hours are 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and/or 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This 30-day variance may be obtained by calling 893-7261 and submitting appropriate documentation along with the 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.

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: 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, 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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