Resident Help Center
Go To Search


Posted on: July 26, 2017

SWFWMD Maintains Water Restrictions in Northern Region

District Maintains Water Restrictions in Northern Region
Year-Round Water Conservation Measures Return Elsewhere

Due to lingering drought effects and water resources not recovering as quickly as other areas, the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board voted today to maintain once-per-week lawn watering and other restrictions in the District’s northern region, which includes Citrus, Hernando, Levy and portions of Lake, Marion and Sumter counties. This order in Marion County would be limited to the city of Dunnellon and the area encompassed by The Villages because the District has an Interagency Agreement with the St. Johns River Water Management District. The restrictions for the District’s northern region will remain in effect through Oct. 1, 2017.   

The “modified phase III” water shortage order the board enacted in May will expire on Aug. 1 for the remainder of the District, including: Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties. This means a twice-per-week watering schedule and other more flexible provisions of the District’s year-round water conservation measures will go back into effect, unless prohibited by a more stringent local ordinance (such as portions of Pasco and Sarasota counties). 

Under the modified phase III restrictions, lawn watering is reduced to once-per-week and allowable watering hours also are reduced. Micro-irrigation and hand watering of non-lawn areas are still allowed any day, if needed. Additionally, there are limits on car washing and homeowners’ associations may not enforce any deed restrictions which could cause an increase in water use. Additional details regarding the watering of new lawns and plants, reclaimed water and other water uses can be found at 

The District considerers both natural water resource conditions and the viability of public supply when deciding to declare, modify, or remove a water shortage order. For the past 20 years, the District has worked diligently with its partners to develop alternative water supplies. 

The District encourages water conservation year-round, and offers many tips to reduce water use and additional information at

Melissa Gulvin
Government Affairs Program Manager
Southwest Florida Water Management District
2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604
(352) 796-7211, ext. 4419
(352) 206-4047 cell

Modified Phase III Water Shortage for Northern Counties-Watering Schedule & Times