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Watering Schedule

Established lawns and landscapes

Twice-per-week watering with all sources, except reclaimed, which is allowed any day, before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

  • Wednesday and Saturday - Even-numbered addresses (or A-M)
  • Thursday and Sunday - Odd-numbered addresses (or N-Z), or mixed or no street address.
Note: The allowable watering day in the city of Clearwater may differ from other water supply municipalities or areas within unincorporated Pinellas County.

New lawns

Sixty-day establishment period for new and replacement turf (sod, plugs, seed, etc.),before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

  • Days one to 30 - any day of the week
  • Days 31 - 60 - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday for even addresses (or A - M) and Wednesday, Friday and Sunday for odd addresses (or N - Z)

All water sources

  • No irrigation sprinkler use - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Hand watering, low-volume irrigation devices or drip tubing - any day, any time
  • Fountains, car washing, pressure washing - no restrictions - shut-off nozzle, if applicable
  • Fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides - water in at any time, as needed
  • Restaurants - serve water at will
Reclaimed water users may continue to water on any day before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

Citations may be issued without a warning to violators.

For more information, call the Water Conservation Hotline at 727-562-4987. For any other inquiries, call Clearwater Public Utilities at 727-562-4960.


Lawn Watering - Using Reclaimed Water

All locations that use reclaimed resources to water lawns may do so on any day, not between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Sod Repairs & Replacements

The watering schedule for new construction and lawn replacement (sod, plugs, seeds, and other turf grass material) is for a 60-day period, and not between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.:

  • Days   1 – 30, any day of the week; and
  • Days 31 – 60, three days per week:
    • Even-numbered addresses (or letters A-M) on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday.
    • Odd-numbered addresses (or letters N-Z), mixed, or no street address on Wednesday/Friday/Sunday.
Fountains, Waterfalls, and Fish Ponds

There currently are no restrictions for use of fountains, waterfalls, and fish ponds.

Miscellaneous

Deed Restrictions and Community Standards Enforcement. Homeowners associations and other entities must suspend any requirement to replace lawns, pressure wash, or engage in other activities that increase water use during this water shortage declaration.

Recreation. Sprinkler-like devices used on a lawn for recreational purposes shall be limited to the lawn and landscape restrictions.

Agricultural, Commercial, & Industrial Operations. The lawn and landscape of agricultural operations, commercial establishments, and industrial facilities are subject to the lawn and landscape restrictions listed in the Water Shortage Order.

Citations. Citations may be issued without a warning.

Car Washing is not restricted; however, a shut-off nozzle should be used.

Pressure Washing is not restricted; however, if applicable, a shut-off nozzle should be used.

Fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides may be watered in as needed.

Hand Watering, low-volume irrigation devices, or drip tubing may be used any day at any time.

Restaurants may serve water at will.


Should I follow the City's or County's Watering Restrictions?

Watering restrictions are regulated by the municipality where the property is located. The Code Compliance division of Planning & Development regulates properties located in the City of Clearwater, and properties located in the County (or enclaves) are regulated by the ordinances of that jurisdiction, regardless of the source from where the water comes.

If you have questions, call Code Compliance at (727) 562-4720.


Who Determines the Need for Watering Restrictions?

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) is the governing body for how the Tampa Bay region and outside areas will best manage its water resources. The City of Clearwater complies with all SWFWMD restrictions.

Created in response to the original water shortage restrictions imposed by SWFWMD, City of Clearwater Ordinance 7802-07 contains a provision giving the City Manager authority to alter the city's watering restrictions contained in Code Section 32.153, upon declaration of changes by SWFWMD in accordance with SWFWMD's administrative order.


Requests for Special Exemptions

If you would like to request special exemption from these rules, please fill out a request for variance form and mail it to the following address:

Public Utilities
Attn: Water Manager
1650 N. Arcturas Ave., Bldg C
Clearwater, FL 33765


Contact Information

To Learn More About Watering Restrictions

Water Conservation Hotline
(727) 562-4987

Telephone
(727) 562-4960

E-mail
Use our Clearwater Connect system to contact us online.
You can contact the City of Clearwater by selecting a category that best matches your concern. A ticket will be opened which will allow you to track your request online and view any steps taken to resolve the issue.

Address
Public Utilities Department
City of Clearwater
1650 N. Arcturas Avenue Building #C
Clearwater, FL 33765-1945

Hours
Office open Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To Report a Possible Violation

Telephone
(727) 562-4720

E-mail
Use our Clearwater Connect system to contact us online.
You can contact the City of Clearwater by selecting a category that best matches your concern. A ticket will be opened which will allow you to track your request online and view any steps taken to resolve the issue. Select the category for "Water Restrictions - Report a Violation".

Address
Code Compliance Division of Planning & Development
City of Clearwater
100 S. Myrtle Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33756

Hours
Office open Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To Contact SWFWMD

E-mail
Water.Restrictions@WaterMatters.org

Water Restriction Hotline
(800) 848-0499 (Florida only)

Telephone
(800) 423-1476, ext. 4498 (Florida only) or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4498

Address
Demand Management Section/RPM
Southwest Florida Water Management District
2379 Broad Street
Brooksville, FL 34604-6899