Watering Restrictions

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Important Notice from Southwest Florida Water Management District:

The District's Governing Board has now upgraded the water shortage to a Modified Phase III Water Shortage throughout the 16 counties within its boundaries, including Sarasota County and surrounding areas. This water shortage is effective June 5, 2017 through August 1, 2017. To read the full press release, please click here.

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The City of North Port is committed to preserving our valuable water resources by encouraging residents to remain conservative in their water use and enforcing the current watering restrictions set forth by SWFWMD.

The following restrictions apply to the use of wells and surface sources such as ponds, rivers and canals, in addition to City supplied water.  To print our informational brochure click here or contact our Customer Care Team at 941-429-7122.

Lawn Watering Schedule and Times

Lawn watering is limited to the following once-per-week schedule:

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.

Reclaimed Water

  • Reclaimed water remains subject to voluntary watering hours, unless blended with another water source.

Car Washing

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

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.

Fact sheets with more detailed information about water restrictions are available here.

Fines for Illegal Watering

Warnings will be given for the first illegal watering violation. The second violation will be a $100 fine. The third offense and subsequent offenses will result in a fine ranging from a minimum of $200 to a maximum of $500, and possible jail time.

If you have any questions, please call North Port Utilities at (941) 240-8000.