UPDATED WATERING RESTRICTIONS EFFECTIVE AUGUST 2nd

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 2, Pinellas County Utilities customers will return to a twice-per-week watering schedule following the expiration of a water shortage order issued by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) in May.  This does NOT apply to reclaimed water users.

For Pinellas County Utilities customers, lawn watering is limited to a twice-per-week schedule using potable, well, lake or pond sources as follows: 

  • Addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8): Thursday and/or Sunday
  • Addresses ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, 9): Wednesday and/or Saturday
  • Addresses with mixed or no addresses, such as common areas associated with residential subdivisions: Tuesday and/or Friday
  • Lawn irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

 

Customers are encouraged to follow these tips provided by UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension:

  • Water on your authorized day only when plants or lawns start to wilt.
  • Make sure irrigation systems are operating at peak performance by checking and clearing filters in the system.
  • Clean and properly direct sprinkler heads.
  • Remove weeds to lessen competition for available water.
  • Use mulch to keep moisture near roots of plants.
  • Irrigation systems shall be equipped with a properly installed, maintained, and operating rain sensor or other moisture sensing device to bypass irrigation cycles when sufficient moisture exists.

Over time, these steps will help improve the health of customers’ lawns and landscapes and make them more drought-tolerant.

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 or out of town residents/owners that cannot reset timers.
These new restrictions do not apply to reclaimed water users. 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.
For more detailed information about water restrictions for potable, well, lake, and pond sources, call Customer Service at (727) 464-4000 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/water-restrict.htm.