Watering Schedule and Restrictions

Phase 3 Extreme
Current Water Restriction Phase

Potable, Surface, Well & Reclaimed Watering Restrictions

Lawn and Landscape Irrigation - show / hide
  • Lawn watering is limited to once-per-week schedule for potable (drinking water) and other water resources, regardless of the source such as wells, surface water etc.
    • Watering times are midnight to 8 a.m., or 6 p.m. to midnight.
    • Hand watering or micro-irrigation of landscape other than actual lawn areas are allowed at any time.
    • Locations without a discernible address are areas such as rights-of-way and other common areas inside a subdivision are included in the restrictions.
    • Download watering schedule and restrictions

    Potable (Drinking Water and all other sources) - Irrigation Schedule

    If Your Address Ends with  Hours: midnight to 8 a.m. or 6 p.m. to midnight 
    Watering Days
     0 - 1  Monday Only
     2 - 3  Tuesday Only
     4 - 5  Wednesday Only
     6 - 7  Thursday Only
     8 - 9  Friday Only
     * Common Areas  Friday Only

    *All common areas and properties where no address can be determined

    Using Reclaimed Water Only – Irrigation Schedule

    If Your Address is  Hours: midnight to 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. to midnight 
    Watering Days
    Even Address Thursday and or Sunday
    Odd Address Wednesday and or Saturday
    *Common Areas Tuesday and or Friday

    *All common areas and properties where no address can be determined

    New Lawns and Plants - show / hide
    • New lawns and plants have a 30-30 establishment period, which allows any watering during the first 30 days and limited watering during the second 30-day time span.
    • The new plant/lawn users must still abide by the permitted hours except on the day of installation, during which residents may irrigate as needed within the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. within the otherwise prohibited time frame.

    New Lawns and Plants - Address Numbering Watering Days

    Days 1 - 30  Any Day - Water as needed
    Days 30 - 60 Hours: midnight to 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. to midnight
    Even Address Tuesday, Thursday and or Sunday
    Odd Address Monday, Wednesday and or Saturday
    *Common Areas Tuesday, Friday and or Sunday

    *All common areas and properties where no address can be determined

    Fountains, Car Washing and Pressure Washing - show / hide
    • 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 at the location of operation.
    • There are now limits on car washing and homeowner’s associations may not enforce any deed restrictions which could cause an increase in water use. These restrictions will remain in effect through August 1, 2017.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    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.

    Watering Violations - show / hide

    The county's water use restrictions apply to all customers, residential and commercial, in unincorporated Polk. The restrictions also apply to all water sources, including wells and surface waters. Violating these restrictions may result in a fine of up to $500.

    For questions and inquiries, or to report a water use violation, call Water Resource Enforcement at (863) 298-4211, or email wre@Polk-County.net. Please provide the following information:

    • Violation address
    • Date and time of the violation
    • The nature of the violation (i.e. watering on a non-watering day, watering during non-watering time, etc.)
    • Your name and contact information (optional)

    Please Note: Public Records Awareness - Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from state and local officials regarding state or local business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your email communications may therefore be subject to public disclosure. 

    Additional Water Restriction Information - show / hide
    • Southwest Florida Water Management District Water Restriction
    • Polk County Ordinance No. 04-07, adopted Feb. 18, 2004 - Year-round water conservation measures and water shortage ordinance.
    • Polk County Ordinance No. 09-050, Amended Ordinance No. 04-07, section 8 and section 9 on Aug. 1, 2009.
      • Section 8 was amended to provide for enforcement through the Polk County code enforcement special magistrate.
      • Section 9 was amended to provide for penalties and a method to address violations that are irreparable or irreversible in nature; providing for severability, providing for an effective date. 

    The jurisdiction of Polk County includes lands located in both the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and the South Florida Water Management District. The majority of the population in Polk and the majority of public water supplies and domestic wells serving Polk's population are currently located within the SWFWMD water service area. To be consistent to one set of year-round conservation measures and when necessary, one consistent set of temporary water shortage restrictions on a county-wide basis, Polk County has adopted the related rules to follow from those of SWFWMD. It is the duty of county governmental and law enforcement officials for enforcement of these rules.

    Please Note:

    • Wasteful and unnecessary water use is prohibited and includes allowing water to be dispersed without any practical purpose, using water in a grossly inefficient manner, using water for a purpose that can be readily accomplished by other means. 

    The Polk County Board of County Commissioners is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

    Polk County Board of County Commissioners

    330 W. Church St.
    PO Box 9005
    Bartow, FL 33831-9005
    (863) 534-6000

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