The District’s Modified Phase III water shortage restrictions are in effect June 5, 2017 through August 1, 2017, except where stricter measures have been imposed by local governments.
These measures currently apply to all of Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties; the portions of Charlotte, Highlands, Lake, Levy, Marion, Polk, and Sumter, within the District’s jurisdiction; and Gasparilla Island (including the portion in Lee County) except as noted below.
Some local governments, such as St. Petersburg, have local ordinances with special watering times.
Some local governments, such as Sarasota County and Dunedin, have local ordinances with special one-day-per-week schedules.
Ocala and most of unincorporated Marion County follows the St. Johns River Water Management District’s water restrictions; however, the City of Dunnellon and The Villages remain under the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s water restrictions.
Unincorporated Levy County follows the Suwannee River Water Management District.
These restrictions apply to the use of wells and surface sources such as ponds, rivers and canals, in addition to utility-supplied water.
Lawn Watering Schedule and Times
Lawn watering is limited to a once-per-week schedule. Follow this schedule unless your city or county has a different once-per-week schedule or more stringent restrictions.
Addresses with “house numbers” …
May only irrigate on …
Ending in 0 or 1
Ending in 2 or 3
Ending in 4 or 5
Ending in 6 or 7
Ending in 8 or 9
No address (community common areas, etc.)
Unless your city or county already has stricter hours in effect, the allowable watering hours are before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., regardless of property size.
Landscape Watering Schedule and Times
Handwatering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day at any time, if needed.
New Lawns & Plants
New lawns and plants have a 60-day establishment period. On days 1-30, they may be watered any day of the week.
During days 31-60, they may be watered approximately every other day. Even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Odd-numbered addresses may be watered on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. See also “Deed Restrictions” below.
Reclaimed water remains subject to voluntary watering hours, unless blended with another water source or restricted by the local government or utility.
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.
Emergency and other first responder vehicles may still be washed on any day as needed.
Fundraising events are prohibited unless they were scheduled prior to enactment of this order.
Pressure washing is allowed once a year and for necessary purposes, such as prior to painting or sealing, in order to maintain a paint or material warranty, to address a health or safety hazard and to comply with health laws. See also “Deed Restrictions” below.
Fountains and other aesthetic water features may only operate eight hours per day. The regular hours of operation can be selected by the owner, but must be posted (see fact sheet for list of exemptions, such as water features that also provide aerification to koi ponds).
Other Water Uses
Sprinkler-like devices used on a lawn for recreational purposes shall be limited to the lawn and landscape restrictions.
The lawn and landscape of agricultural operations, commercial establishments, golf courses, athletic fields, and industrial facilities are subject to the lawn and landscape restrictions listed in the Water Shortage Order.
Additional restrictions apply to water uses specific to agricultural operations, commercial establishments, golf courses, athletic fields, and industrial facilities.
Deed Restrictions & Community Standards Enforcement
Homeowners associations and other entities must suspend any requirement to replace lawns, pressure wash, or engage in other activity which increases water use during this water shortage declaration.
Water Utilities and Other Essential Services
Water use necessary for fire suppression, maintaining safe drinking water quality, and other essential services is not restricted.
Water utilities, in conjunction with local government agencies, must enforce restrictions and provide a monthly enforcement report (see new fact sheet for details).
Water utilities must continue implementing customer messaging and other water conservation efforts (see new fact sheet for details).
Report Watering Violations
Use this service to report a water use violation, or you may call us at 1-800-848-0499 (FL only) and leave a detailed message.
If you have additional water restriction questions, please contact us by sending an email toWater.Restrictions@WaterMatters.org (anytime) or by calling our water restrictions hotlineat 1-800-848-0499 (FL only) or 1-800-836-0797 (FL only), ext. 2298 (during business hours).
Demand Management Program
7601 U.S. Hwy. 301 North
Tampa, FL 33637
A petition for variance from year-round water conservation measures or water shortage restrictions is available for qualified circumstances. To confirm that a variance is needed or for assistance when filling out an application form, check with our staff during normal business hours at 1-800-848-0499 (FL only) or emailWater.Variances@WaterMatters.org.
County – Unincorporated Residents
Monday 3rd garbage, recycle, bulk and yard waste will be serviced as a normal service day. Tuesday July 4, 2017 Garbage, Recycle and Yard waste will be collected Wednesday July 5, Wednesday will be collected Thursday July 6, Thursdays will be collected Friday July 7, Friday’s will be collected Saturday July 8.
City of Polk City – Residents
Monday July 3rd garbage, recycle and bulk will be collected as a normal service day. Wednesday July 5th yard waste will be collected Thursday July 6, 2017. NOTE: Polk City claw truck service day is on Monday and will be serviced on Monday July 3rd.
Haines City – Residents
Monday July 3, 2017 garbage, recycle, yard waste and bulk will be collected as a normal service day. Tuesday July 4th, will be collected Wednesday July 5th, Wednesdays will be collected Thursday July 6th, Thursdays will be collected Friday July 7th, Friday’s will be collected Saturday July 8th, 2016. NOTE: Haines City claw truck service day is normally on Wednesday, due to July 4th holiday the claw truck service day will be Thursday July 6th.
Fort Meade – Residents
Monday July 3, 2017 garbage and recycle will be collected as a normal service day. July 4th is on Tuesday. Tuesday garbage and recycling will be collected Wednesday July 5, Wednesdays bulk and yard waste will be collected Thursday July 6, Thursdays garbage will be collected Friday July 7, and Fridays garbage will be collected Saturday July 8, 2017. NOTE: Fort Meade claw truck service day is normally on Friday, due to July 4th holiday the claw truck service day will be Saturday July 8th.
Lake Wales – Residents
Monday July 3rd garbage, yard waste and bulk will be collected as a normal service day. Tuesday July 4th be collected Wednesday July 5th, Wednesdays will be collected Thursday July 6th, Thursdays garbage, recycle, yard waste and bulk will be collected Friday July 7th, Fridays garbage, recycle, yard waste and bulk will be collected Saturday July 8t, 2017. NOTE: Lake Wales claw truck service day is normally on Thursday, due to July 4th holiday the claw truck service day will be Friday July 7th.
Lake Hamilton – Residents
Due to July 4th holiday collection services will move out one day this week. Wednesday July 5th bulk will be collected Thursday July 6, Thursdays garbage and recycle will be collected Friday, July 7th, 2017.
City of Davenport – Residents
Due to July 4th holiday collection service will move out one day. Tuesday July 4th bulk and recycle will be collected on Wednesday July 5th. Wednesday July 5th garbage and yard waste will be collected Thursday July 6th, 2017. NOTE: Davenport claw truck service day is normally on Wednesday, due to July 4th holiday the claw truck service day will be Thursday July 6th.
Due to July 4th holiday all service will move out one day. Garbage, recycling, yard waste, and bulk will be collected on Saturday July 8th. NOTE: Frostproof claw truck service day is normally on Friday, due to July 4th holiday the claw truck service day will be Saturday July 8th.
City of Mulberry- Residents
Monday July 3rd garbage, recycle, bulk, yard waste, and claw truck will be collected as a normal service day.
City of Avon Park-Recycle Resident
Due to July 4th holiday, recycle collection will move out one day. Wednesday July 5th Recycle will be collected Thursday July 6, 2017.
Bartow, Fla. (June 7, 2017) — Thanks to recent rains, the Polk County burn ban will be repealed Friday. The Polk County fire chief declared a burn ban March 31 due to dangerous fire conditions throughout the county.
Less than 50 percent of Polk County is averaging over 500 on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI). The KBDI index is used as an indicator to determine the likelihood and severity of brush fires. The scale begins at zero, which is no danger and rises to 800, which is extreme danger. As a rule of thumb, fire officials become concerned any time the scale goes above 500 for 50 percent of the county.
The burn ban can be reinstated if conditions get dry once again.
The repeal means residents in all unincorporated Polk and municipalities who chose to participate in the burn ban are allowed to burn yard debris, campfires, bonfires and construction debris.
About Polk County Fire Rescue
Polk County Fire Rescue provides Advanced Life Support transport to all residents and visitors of Polk County. It also provides fire suppression, rescue services and fire prevention services to all of unincorporated Polk County and several municipalities of Eagle Lake, Polk City, Mulberry, Lake Hamilton and Hillcrest Heights. Polk County Fire Rescue has nearly 600 full-time employees, responds to approximately 90,000 calls for service each year and covers more than 2,000 square miles. Fire rescue operations have oversight of the department’s uniformed EMTs, Paramedics and Firefighters. Polk County Fire Rescue operates 51 fire and rescue stations that are equipped with various apparatus.
Join Polk City for a FREE event featuring exhibits, giveaways, and informational presentations on all things water! Let’s learn how to conserve our natural resources while saving money.
Donald Bronson Community Center – 124 Bronson Trail, Polk City, FL 33868
10:15am Conserving Water, One Drop at a Time
presented by: Southwest Florida Water Management District
10:45am It’s Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season
presented by: Polk County
11:15am Why Use Florida Friendly Landscaping?
presented by: UF Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
11:45am Mosquito Control and Zika Virus Prevention
presented by: Polk County Mosquito Control
12:15pm The Green Swamp
presented by: Central Florida Regional Planning Council
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Florida Statute 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in the proceedings should contact Polk City, 123 Broadway Blvd SE in Polk City, Florida, (863) 984-1375 extension 238, no later than 48 hours prior to the proceedings.