Hillsborough County, Fla. (Feb. 27, 2024) - Hillsborough County Water Resources is reminding residents and property owners that one-day-a-week lawn watering restrictions continue.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board voted today to extend the one-day-a-week lawn watering restrictions until July 1. This vote affects residents and property owners in Hillsborough County.

Although there has been above-average rainfall districtwide this winter, there is still a 12-month rainfall deficit of about 7.4 inches, according to the Southwest Florida Water Management District. In November, the Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board declared a Modified Phase I Water Shortage, which limited lawn watering to once per week and took effect Dec. 1.

There isn't a supply issue at this time. However, following your watering days, hours, and rules is important to help conserve the region's limited water supply. 

All properties in unincorporated Hillsborough County follow year-round watering days and hours. It's important to know your lawn watering days and hours to avoid getting a fine. These restrictions apply to most water sources, including private wells, ponds, or lakes used as alternate irrigation supplies. Go to HCFL.gov/WaterRestrictions for additional information. 

Watering days and hours in unincorporated Hillsborough County: 

If your address (house or business number) ends in...

  • 0 or 1, water only on Monday

  • 2 or 3, water only on Tuesday

  • 4 or 5, water only on Wednesday

  • 6 or 7, water only on Thursday

  • 8 or 9, water only on Friday

Common areas with or without street addresses, locations with no address, and locations with mixed addresses (such as office complexes and shopping centers) can water on Fridays. 

All watering must be done either between midnight and 8 a.m. or between 6 p.m. and midnight, and only once on your designated day. 

Learn more about watering rules for reclaimed water, new sod, landscaping, car washing, and more by visiting HCFL.gov/Water. If you live in Tampa, Plant City, or Temple Terrace, it's important to research your municipality's watering restrictions.

Hillsborough County Code Enforcement enforces the water conservation ordinance and assigned watering days. A violation of the ordinance can result in warnings and penalties starting at $100 and up to $500 for repeated violations.

Visit HCFL.gov/WaterRestrictions to learn more. Suspected violations can be reported online or by calling Hillsborough County's water violations reporting hotline at (813) 224-8993.