Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas County
Due to the current drought conditions, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) has issued a modified Phase I Water Shortage Order that includes Pinellas County. The order goes into effect on Dec. 1, 2023.
To best conserve water, Pinellas County Utilities (PCU) will move to one-day-per-week watering restrictions for all customers. PCU urges every water user to reduce wasteful and unnecessary water use and be prepared for more stringent restrictions if drought conditions worsen.
Customers should monitor Pinellas County Utilities’ water restrictions webpage at pinellas.gov/watering-schedule-and-rules for up-to-date information, as restrictions can change at any time. The current authorized irrigation schedule using reclaimed, potable, well, lake or pond sources for Utilities customers is as follows:
Customers north of SR580
- Addresses ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8): Saturdays
- Addresses ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9): Wednesdays
- Mixed or No Address (such as common areas, entry areas/office complexes, shopping centers and other “no address” locations): Wednesdays
Customers south of SR580
- Addresses ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8): Tuesdays
- Addresses ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9): Thursdays
- Mixed or No Address (such as common areas ,entry areas/office complexes, shopping centers and other “no address” locations): Thursdays
Watering is not permitted between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Under the modified Phase 1 Water Shortage order, SWFWMD dictates that utilities will issue warnings that do not carry a fine for the first offence. A second offence will receive a citation that carries a $193 fine. If water shortage conditions worsen and a Phase 2 order is issued, any offense will receive a citation and $193 fine.
Residents who do not receive their water from PCU should verify their watering days and restrictions with their water supplier. For more information about water restrictions and water conservation tips, visit pinellas.gov/water-conservation.