In response to the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) announcing new county-wide watering restrictions, the city of Clearwater will modify and enforce its water restrictions to comply with the Phase III water shortage restrictions, effective June 5, 2017, through Aug. 1, 2017.
Established Lawns & Landscapes
Once-per-week watering with all sources, except reclaimed, which is allowed any day, before 8 a.m. OR after 6 p.m. If using hose-end sprinkler, both times may be used, provided no area is watered twice.
- Saturday - Even-numbered addresses (or A-M)
- Sunday - Odd-numbered addresses (or N-Z), or mixed or no street address.
Sixty-day establishment period for new and replacement turf (sod, plugs, seed, etc.),before 8 a.m. OR after 6 p.m.
- Days 1 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 is to occur before 8 a.m. through 6 p.m.
- Hand watering, low-volume irrigation devices, or drip tubing may be used to water landscaping and non-lawn plants on any day before 8 a.m. OR after 6 p.m.
Reclaimed water users may continue to water on any day before 8 a.m. or after 6 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 8 a.m. and 6 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
Large aesthetic fountains, waterfalls and other water features may operate four (4) hours per day, with hours posted.
Deed Restrictions and Community Standards Enforcement
Homeowners associations and other entities must suspend any requirement to replace lawns, pressure wash or engage in other activity that increases water use during this water shortage declaration.
Other than athletic play areas (golf, football, baseball and other athletic fields), all lawn and landscape areas must comply with once-per-week restrictions.
- Residential customers can wash their cars once per week on their designated watering day with a shut-off nozzle.
- Fundraiser events, such as car washes or dunk tank events, may not be scheduled after June 5.
- Commercial car washes and mobile detailing businesses may operate on any day.
- Emergency and other first responder vehicles may be washed on any day as needed.
- Boats may be rinsed and boat engines may be flushed after each use.
Serving Water at Restaurants
Restaurants may serve water upon request only.
Citations may be issued without a warning.
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 (unincorporated Pinellas 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 the city's Code Compliance team at (727) 562-4720.
Learn More About Watering Restrictions
Water Conservation Hotline
Call (727) 562-4960 or use our Clearwater Connect system to contact us online. A ticket will be opened which will allow you to track your request online and view any steps taken to resolve the issue. If you would like to request special exemption from these rules, please fill out a request for variance form.
To Report a Possible Violation
Call (727) 562-4720 or use our Clearwater Connect system to contact us online. Select the category for "Water Restrictions - Report a Violation".