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Pinellas County Watering Restrictions


Pinellas County Utilities

**Year-round conservation measures limit lawn watering to twice per week**


Irrigation Using County Water or Irrigation Using Wells/Lakes/Ponds

  • Irrigation of established lawns and landscaping is authorized for two days per week.
If your house number ends in:
Then you may water on:
EVEN number (0,2,4,6,8)
Thursday and/or Sunday
ODD number (1,3,5,7,9)
Wednesday and/or Saturday
Mixed or No address
Tuesday and/or Friday

Morning Hours
Evening Hours
12:01 AM to 10:00 AM
4:00 PM to 11:59 PM
  • Watering is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM
  • PROPERTIES OF TWO ACRES OR GREATER in size may water 1/2 on Thursday and/or Sunday and may water the remaining 1/2 on Wednesday and/or Saturday.

Pinellas County Utilities
(727) 464-4000
Fax (727) 464-3717

Southwest Florida Water Management District

Florida Administrativ Code 40D-22

New Plant Material
(Lawn and Landscaping)





Establishment Period
Irrigation Exemption


Proof of new lawn material may be faxed to (727) 464-3717

New plant materials may be watered for a 60-day total establishment period.

  • From day 1 to day 30, new plant material may be watered any day of the week.
  • From day 31 to day 60, new plant material may be watered 3 days per week.
    • Even addresses only on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday
    • Odd addresses only on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday
  • Only during authorized hours.
  • Isolated to new lawn or plant area only.
  • Exemption begins on the day of installation.
  • On the day of installation, new turfgrass or plant material may be irrigated once without regard to the allowable watering times.
  • An entire zone of an irrigation system may be used if the zones waters an area that contains at least 50% new plant material.
  • Partial zone or dispersed plantings shall be watered by some other, more targeted means of supplemental irrigation.
Washing Windows, Buildings &
Mobile Homes
Not specifically prohibited. Low-volume methods should be used. Hosing-down a building or other structure to remove material that can be removed with a dry method is considered wasteful and unnecessary.
Washing Sidewalks & Driveways
Not specifically prohibited. Low-volume methods should be used. Hosing-down a driveway or other surface to remove grass clippings or debris that can be removed with a broom or dry method is considered wasteful and unnecessary.
Washing Vehicles
May be washed on any day, at any time, when necessary. A shut-off nozzle or other water-efficient device must be used.
Trees, Shrubs, Flowers & Vegetables
Hand-watering is allowed as needed. A shut-off nozzle or other water efficient device must be used.
Lawn Chemicals
Irrigation to water-in necessary lawn chemicals is not restricted when required by the manufacturer or when required by law. Chemical applications shall be watered during authorized watering hours. Watering-in shall be limited to one application of one-quarter inches within 24 hours of the application.
Hand-watering Lawns
Lawns may be spot treated by hand-watering isolated areas to provide uniform moisture content. This practice is a water-conserving means of compensating for difference in sun exposure, sprinkler coverage, and other site-specific factors.
Low-Volume Irrigation Devices
Landscape (groundcover other than lawn) may be irrigated on an as-needed basis without regard to the normally allowable watering days or times if Low-Volume Irrigation technology is used.
Irrigation System Testing & Repair
May be operated for maintenance and repair with an attendant on site in the area being tested – no more than once per week and one test should not exceed 10 minutes.
Vertical Mowing (Verticutting)
Extra watering of turfgrass may occur on any day of the week for a 14-day period after a vertical mowing procedure.
Wasteful & Unnecessary
Use of Water

The following wasteful and unnecessary water uses are prohibited:

  • Allowing water to flow from an unattended hose
  • Hand-watering a lawn on a restricted day or more than once a day, except when used for spot treatment
  • Hosing-down a driveway or solid surface when a dry method could be used
  • Hosing-down a structure when a dry method could be used
  • Allowing water to flow from a broken sprinkler head, outdoor faucet, malfunctioning plumbing or irrigation system after receiving verbal or written notice