Once A Week Watering Restrictions
Because of worsening drought conditions, lower-than-average rainfall amounts and reduced river levels, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) has declared an Extreme Water Shortage for many counties under it's jurisdiction, including Pinellas County and St. Petersburg.
Once a Week Watering Restrictions
Please note that the restrictions 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 the SWFWMD for current water restrictions at your location. New rules start June 5th and last until August 1st, unless altered by the SWFWMD.
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:
- Addresses ending in an even number or the letters A through M are permitted to water, if necessary, on Saturday only.
- Addresses ending in an odd number or the letters N through Z, and locations with no address, are permitted to water, if necessary, on Sunday only.
- Watering is permitted only from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and/or 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Additional new rules in Modified Order #SWF2017-014 (details found at this website):
- While hand watering of non-lawn landscape is allowed any day at any time, hand watering of lawn (turf) is allowed ONLY during designated watering day and times.
- Car washing is allowed once a week, on the location's designated watering day.
- Aesthetic fountains and waterfalls shall be operated for no more than eight (8) hours per day, and the hours must be posted.
- Homeowners associations and other entities must suspend any requirement to replace lawns, pressure wash, or engage in any activity which increases water use during this water shortage declaration.
For more information on watering restrictions in the city of St. Peters-burg, visit St. Pete Watering Restrictions, call the Water Watch Information Line at 892-5300, or download the Water Restrictions Fact Sheet.
Also, please note that St. Petersburg's reclaimed water supply, while not yet restricted, is facing similar high demand and low supply conditions - all customers are being asked to practice water-wise use, which includes voluntary 3 days-a-week restrictions and no watering during daylight hours.
Reclaimed water customers may experience an increase in low pressure concerns due to demand exceeding supply. Please turn your sprinkler systems off if there is not adequate pressure for proper operation. During dry weather or reclaimed water emergencies this will help fill up the supply tanks so that customers will be able to irrigate the next day.
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 citation for a Class II municipal ordinance offense that is subject to a $180 fine, plus court costs. Subsequent violations are subject to higher fines as assessed by the court up to a maximum fine of $500 plus court costs.