New Watering Restrictions effective June 5th – August 1st:
These restrictions apply to all residents using: city water, well water, and lake water to irrigate.
Lawn Watering Schedule and Times
- Lawn watering is limited to a once-per-week schedule. Follow this schedule unless your city or county has a different once-per-week schedule or more stringent restrictions.
Addresses with “house numbers” … May only irrigate on … Ending in 0 or 1 Monday Ending in 2 or 3 Tuesday Ending in 4 or 5 Wednesday Ending in 6 or 7 Thursday Ending in 8 or 9 Friday No address (community common areas, etc.) Friday
- The allowable watering hours are before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., regardless of property size.
Landscape Watering Schedule and Times
- Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day at any time, if needed.
New Lawns & Plants
- New lawns and plants 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 approximately every other day. Even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Odd-numbered addresses may be watered on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. See also “Deed Restrictions” below.
- Even addresses may water Thursday and/or Sunday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m
- Odd address may water Wednesday and/or Saturday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
- Car washing is limited to once-per-week on the designated watering day for the location.
- Commercial car washes, including mobile detailing businesses, may still operate on any day.
- Emergency and other first responder vehicles may still be washed on any day as needed.
- Fundraising events are prohibited unless they were scheduled prior to enactment of this order.
- Pressure washing is allowed once a year and for necessary purposes, such as prior to painting or sealing, in order to maintain a paint or material warranty, to address a health or safety hazard and to comply with health laws. See also “Deed Restrictions” below.
- Fountains and other aesthetic water features may only operate eight hours per day. The regular hours of operation can be selected by the owner, but must be posted (see fact sheet for list of exemptions, such as water features that also provide aerification to koi ponds).
Other Water Uses
- Sprinkler-like devices used on a lawn for recreational purposes shall be limited to the lawn and landscape restrictions.
- The lawn and landscape of agricultural operations, commercial establishments, golf courses, athletic fields, and industrial facilities are subject to the lawn and landscape restrictions listed in the Water Shortage Order.
- Additional restrictions apply to water uses specific to agricultural operations, commercial establishments, golf courses, athletic fields, and industrial facilities.
Deed Restrictions & Community Standards Enforcement
- Homeowners associations and other entities must suspend any requirement to replace lawns, pressure wash, or engage in other activity which increases water use during this water shortage declaration.
Water Utilities and Other Essential Services
- Water use necessary for fire suppression, maintaining safe drinking water quality, and other essential services is not restricted.
- Water utilities, in conjunction with local government agencies, must enforce restrictions and provide a monthly enforcement report (see new fact sheet for details).
- Water utilities must continue implementing customer messaging and other water conservation efforts (see new fact sheet for details).
For more information on the watering restrictions please visit the Southwest Florida Water Management’s website.
To Report Watering Violations Call (800) 848-0499.
Conserving water means more water will be available to serve present and future water needs, as well as for wildlife and recreation.
Water conservation practices can result in lower wastewater discharges, which can mean an improvement in overall water quality. Conserving water diminishes our need to find or build new water sources, leaving them in reserve for future use.
…It Saves Money for You and Your Community
Conserving water reduces the amount of money you spend each month for household water use. Your community saves the money spent pumping and treating water before and after use, plus conservation can delay expenditures for additional water sources and treatment facilities.
…It Insures the Reliability of Your Water Supply
Water conservation can positively affect the reliability of your water supplies during periods of high demand (such as summer months) and during drought. The future of Winter Haven depends greatly upon the availability of water for generations to come. Water conservation is one of the surest, cheapest ways to insure that future.
Meeting the Challenge:
All of our water is pumped from the underground Floridan Aquifer. Winter Haven lies within an area designated as the Southern Water Use Caution Area (SWUCA), by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). The City’s goal in our water resource planning is to maintain a high quality water supply that is compatible with environmental concerns established by SWFWMD.
Approximately 58 percent of the City’s total water use is residential. The current average per person usage is 114 gallons per day (gpcd). Our goal is to significantly reduce water usage by the year 2020. This conservation goal can be met by wise water practices and elimination of water waste.
Check Your Water Bill:
Your water bill is the best indicator of how well you are conserving. Use your water bill to find out your household’s daily water consumption and your per person water consumption. You can also compare your summer use to your winter use.