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Watering Schedule and Restrictions

Current water shortage phase: Normal Year Round

The measures shown below currently apply to all of Polk County.

Lawn and Landscape Irrigation

  • Lawn watering is limited to twice-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 10 a.m., or 4 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.

Potable Irrigation Schedule

(Drinking Water and all other sources) 

*All common areas and properties where no address can be determined
If Your Address isWatering Days
Even AddressThursday and or Sunday
Odd AddressWednesday and or Saturday
*Common AreasTuesday and or Friday

Reclaimed Water Irrigation Schedule

(Using reclaimed water only)

*All common areas and properties where no address can be determined
If Your Address isWatering Days
Even AddressThursday and or Sunday
Odd AddressWednesday and or Saturday
*Common AreasTuesday and or Friday

New Lawns and Plants

  • 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.

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

  • There are no specific restrictions on fountains, car washing and pressure washing.
  • Commercial car washes, including mobile detailing businesses, may still operate on any day.

These and other water uses should be conducted as efficiently as possible, such as using a shutoff nozzle on each hose to adhere to the general restriction prohibiting wasteful water use.

Watering Violations

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: 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

  • 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.

Wasteful and unnecessary water use is prohibited, which 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