Water Restrictions

Updated August 1, 2017

For Pinellas County Utilities customers, lawn watering is limited to a twice-per-week schedule using potable, well, lake or pond sources as follows: 

•Addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8): Thursday and/or Sunday
•Addresses ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, 9): Wednesday and/or Saturday 
•Addresses with mixed or no addresses, such as common areas associated with residential subdivisions: Tuesday and/or Friday 
•Lawn irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Handwatering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day at any time, if needed.

New lawns have a 60-day establishment period. On days 1-30, they may be watered any day of the week. During days 31-60, they may be watered three days per week. Even-numbered addresses may water only on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Odd-numbered addresses may be watered only on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Customers are encouraged to follow these tips provided by UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension:

•Water only when plants or lawns start to wilt.
•Consider using soil moisture sensors in line with your irrigation system to automatically gauge water needs and operate sprinkler timers.
•If mowing is necessary, increase mowing height to the highest setting to reduce stress on lawns. The lower the cut, the less drought resistant the lawn will be over time.
•Make sure irrigation systems are operating at peak performance by checking and clearing filters in the system.
•Clean and properly direct sprinkler heads.
•Do not use fertilizer during dry conditions because it increases a lawn’s thirst for water.
•Remove weeds to lessen competition for available water.
•Use mulch to keep moisture near roots of plants.

Over time, these steps will help improve the health of customers’ lawns and landscapes and make them more drought-tolerant.

Pinellas County Utilities encourages water conservation at all times for its customers. For tips about how customers can conserve water around their homes, visit www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/water-conservation.htm. 

Customers using reclaimed water provided by Pinellas County Utilities should follow the reclaimed water restrictions found at www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/reclaim-irrigation.htm. 

For more detailed information about watering restrictions, call Customer Service at (727) 464-4000 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/water-restrict.htm.


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Lawn Watering Schedule & Times

  • Lawn watering is limited to 1 day per week, Unless your city or county already has stricter hours in effect, the allowable watering hours are before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., regardless of property size.

Irrigation Systems


  • Residents are asked to check their irrigation systems to ensure they are working properly. This means testing and repairing broken pipes and leaks, and damaged or tilted sprinkler heads.
  • Residents should also check their irrigation timer to ensure the settings are correct and the rain sensor is working properly in accordance with state law.

New Lawns & Plants


  • New lawns and plants have a 60-day establishment period, which allows any-day watering during days 1-30.
  • During days 31-60, watering is allowed approximately every other day:
    • Even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
    • Odd-numbered addresses may water Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
    • Rights-of-way and other “no address” locations may be watered on Fridays only

Other Restrictions

  • Reduce indoor water use on a voluntary basis
  • Test and repair irrigation systems

Contact Information