Watering Restrictions in Effect
Due to drought conditions and increased demand for water, it’s important now more than ever to follow St. Pete’s year-round watering restrictions and eliminate wasteful and unnecessary water uses.
Southwest Florida Water Management District, which includes St. Pete, has declared a water shortage. Order Number SWF 20-017 requires that all water users prepare for tightened water use restrictions if abnormally dry conditions continue. This Order is effective May 12-July 1, 2020 unless extended, modified or rescinded.
Find St. Pete’s current local watering restrictions below.
Every drop helps. Consider implementing water-saving practices. Find ideas, resources and rebate programs at stpete.org/WaterConservation.
St. Petersburg is in a water caution area as defined by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and is committed to water conservation. Year-round water conservation restrictions are in effect for twice-a-week watering.
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:
- Watering of established lawns and landscapes is permitted from 5 to 9 a.m. and/or from 7 to 11 p.m.
- Addresses ending in an EVEN number may irrigate on Tuesday and Saturday Only, if necessary.
- Addresses ending in an ODD numbers and locations with no address may irrigate on Wednesday and 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 days 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|
|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|
Users of Reclaimed Water
Irrigation using reclaimed water is NOT currently restricted. However, 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 not restricted.
- 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 New Landscapes
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.
Registration of private wells assists water restriction enforcement staff with accurate reporting. Register your private well online or call 893-7261.
Sensible Sprinkling Program - Free Sprinkler System Checkup
Through the Sensible Sprinkling Program, residents can receive a free sprinkler system evaluation, sprinkler layout drawing, rain sensor installation (if one isn’t currently used), automatic shut-off hose nozzle and water conservation tips.
For more information, email SensibleSprinkling@stpete.org or call 727-892-5611.
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.