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Watering Restrictions are Tightened Due to Water Shortage Order

12/19/2013 10:11:27 AM

Contact: Clearwater Public Utilities, (727) 562-4960

For Immediate Release

Dec. 19, 2013

Watering Restrictions are Tightened Due to Water Shortage Order

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Tightened watering restrictions for Clearwater residents go into effect next week. The Southwest Florida Water Management District, or SWFWMD, voted Dec. 17 to change potable water use restrictions for our area to Phase II water shortage restrictions. The new restrictions are effective Dec. 26, 2013 through March 1, 2014, as follows:


Once-per-week watering with all sources (except reclaimed, which is allowed any day), before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

a) Saturday -- Even-numbered addresses (or A - M)

b) 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 that of other water supply municipalities or areas within unincorporated Pinellas County.


Hand-watering or use of micro-irrigation devices are allowed on any day at any time, if needed.


60-day establishment period for new and replacement turf (sod, plugs, seed, etc.), before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

a) Days 1 - 30 - any day of the week

b) Days 31 - 60 - Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday [even addresses (or A - M)]

- Wednesday/Friday/Sunday [odd addresses (or N - Z)]

Except on the day of installation or when sprigs are being grown, establishment watering must be done during allowable watering hours. The owner must be able to supply proof of installation date upon request.


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.


Other than athletic play areas (such as golf courses, football and baseball fields, and other athletic fields), all lawn and landscape areas must comply with the once-per-week restrictions.


Citations may be issued without a warning.


The restrictions for reclaimed water have not changed. Reclaimed water users may continue to water on any day before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

These Phase II Water Shortage Restrictions are scheduled to expire March 1, 2014, and Clearwater will automatically revert to its previous watering restrictions, unless otherwise instructed by SWFWMD.

Residents can call the Water Conservation Hotline at (727) 562-4987 or visit to learn more. For any other inquiries, call Clearwater Public Utilities at (727) 562-4960.