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Watering Schedule and Restrictions


 Normal Year Round

Potable, Surface, Well & Reclaimed Watering Restrictions

Designated Watering Days Effective 8/1/2013

 Lawn & Landscape Irrigation  Lawn & Landscape Irrigation  Lawn & Landscape Irrigation
 Thursday and or Sunday  Wednesday and or Saturday  Tuesday and or Friday
 Watering Times Between  Watering Times Between  Watering Times Between

 12:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.


4:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.

 12:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.


4:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.

 12:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.


4:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.

Hand Watering Or Micro-Irrigation Of Landscape Other Than Actual Lawn Areas Is Allowed At Any Time

Select this link for a hardcopy of Polk County Utilities Watering Schedule and Restrictions

 Locations Without A Discernable Address 

Locations without a discernable address are areas such as rights-of-way and other common areas inside a subdivision.


New Lawns & Plants

  • New lawns and plants have a 30-30 establishment period, which allows any-day watering during the first 30 days.
  • 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 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. prohibited timeframe.
  • During the second 30 days, watering is allowed three days per week. *Permitted hours watering time frame is within the 12:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. &  4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. timeframe.
  • Even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
  • Odd-numbered addresses may water Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.


Fountains, Car Washing and Pressure Washing

There are currently no restrictions on fountains, car washing and pressure washing. The District asks that residents be as efficient as possible, such as using a shutoff nozzle on their hose so water is not wasted.


Irrigation Systems

Residents are asked to check their irrigation systems to ensure they are working properly. Test and repair broken pipes and leaks and damaged or tilted sprinkler heads. Residents should check their irrigation time to ensure the settings are correct and the rain sensor is working properly in accordance with state law.




Polk County Ordinance ~ Potable, Surface, Well & Reclaimed Water Enforced Restrictions Effective 8/1/2009


Violation of any provision of Ordinance No. 04-07 (Adopted 2/18/2004) or Ordinance 09-050 (Adopted 8/1/2009) shall be subject to the following penalties:


  • First Violation ~ Fine of $50.00

  • Second Violation ~ Fine of $200.00 

  • Third and subsequent Violations of this Ordinance ~ $500.00


    *A Gross Water Waste Violation that is Irreparable or Irreversible in Nature by a Person Shall be a Fine up to $1,000.00


    *(Gross Water Waste Violations that are irreparable or irreversible in nature which shall include without limitations:  A broken irrigation system and/or water pipe that allows water to flow from a broken sprinkler head, outdoor faucet, or other malfunctioning plumbing or irrigation system component or other water system malfunction that continuously disperses a high quantity of water.)


    Polk County Water Use Restrictions Apply to All Customers, Residential and Commercial, in Polk County, and to all Water Sources, Including Wells and Surface Waters. Violating These Restrictions May Result in a Fine of Up to $1,000.00.


    For Questions and Inquiries, or to Report a Water Use Violation, You May Email


    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. 

    • Please provide the following watering violation information ~ Please feel free to leave your name and contact information
      • Violation Address
      • Date & Time of the Violation
      • The Nature of the Violation ( i.e. watering on a non-watering day, watering during non-watering time, etc.)

    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 County and the majority of public water supplies and domestic wells serving the Polk County 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. 

    Polk County Ordinances Regarding Water Restrictions For Potable, Surface, Well & Reclaimed Water

    • Polk County Ordinance No. 04-07, Adopted February 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 August 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. 

    Polk County Designated Watering Days Effective 10/25/2011....Need More Info?

    If you have any questions or concerns or to report a violation, please call the Polk County Utilities Water Resource Enforcement office at (863) 298-4211.

    For Additional Water Restriction Information 

    Southwest Florida Water Management District Water Restriction website - District Water Restrictions
    Southwest Florida Water Management District Home Page - SWFWMD website 


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