Other Water Restrictions for All Water Sources

New Plant Material - Lawn & Landscaping

New plant materials may be watered for a 60-day total establishment period.

  • From day 1 to day 30, new plant material may be watered any day of the week.
  • From day 31 to day 60, new plant material may be watered 3 days per week.
Ending in:
Days You May
Morning Hours
Evening Hours
1,3,5,7 or 9
Monday, Wednesday
and Sunday
12:01 am - 8:00 am
6:00 pm - 11:59 pm
0, 2, 4, 6 or 8
Tuesday, Thursday
and Saturday
12:01 am - 8:00 am
6:00 pm - 11:59 pm
  • New lawn or plant areas only.
  • Exemption begins on the day of installation.
  • On the day of installation, new turf/grass or plant material may be irrigated once without regard to the allowable watering times.
  • An entire zone of an irrigation system may be used if the zone waters an area that contains at least 50% new plant material.
  • Partial zone or dispersed plantings shall be watered by some other, more targeted means of supplemental irrigation.

For tips on efficient water use when establishing new turf, please visit our sod establishment page.

Pressure Washing

  • Pressure washing is allowed for painting or maintenance. Annual pressure washing as part of a planned maintenance program is acceptable.

Car Washing & Car Wash Fundraisers

  • Car washing is limited to once per week.
  • Fundraisers held on behalf of nonprofit organizations are allowable.
  • Participants must use water in an efficient manner.
  • Low-volume methods only must be used, such as a hand-held hose equipped with a trigger (self-cancelling) nozzle.

Rinsing of Boats and Flushing Boat Engines

  • Allowed after each use as necessary to remove salt water or to prevent the transportation of exotic plant or animal material.

Trees, Shrubs, Flowers & Vegetables

  • Hand-watering is allowed as needed.
  • A shut-off nozzle or other water efficient device must be used.

Lawn Chemicals

  • Irrigation to water in necessary lawn chemicals is not restricted when required by the chemical manufacturer or required by law.
  • In the absence of specific instructions from the manufacturer, chemical applications must be irrigated within 24 hours of application when applied by a professional. Self-applied chemicals may only be watered in on designated day for the address. 
  • Chemical applications shall be watered during authorized watering hours.

Spot Treatment

  • Lawns may be spot-treated without regard to the normally allowable watering days or times, but only by hand-watering or other targeted, manual means.

Low-Volume Irrigation

  • Landscape beds (or groundcover other than lawn) may be irrigated on an as-needed basis without regard to the normally allowable watering days or times if low-volume, targeted irrigation methods are used (drip irrigation, micro-irrigation, etc.)

Irrigation System Testing and Repair

  • Your irrigation system may be operated for testing and/or maintenance with an attendant on site in the area being tested – no more than once per week and one test should not exceed 10 minutes.


  • No special or extra watering is allowed for over-seeding an existing lawn.

Vertical Mowing (Vericutting)

  • Extra watering of turf/grass may occur on any day of the week for a 14-day period after a vertical mowing procedure.

Wasteful and Unnecessary Water Uses

  • Allowing water to flow from an unattended hose.
  • Hand-watering a lawn on a restricted day of more than once a day, except when used for spot treatment.
  • Hosing down a driveway or solid surface when a dry method could be used.
  • Hosing down a structure when a dry method could be used.
  • Allowing water to flow from a broken sprinkler head, outdoor faucet, malfunctioning plumbing or irrigation system after receiving verbal or written notice.

For Additional Information or Questions

Please contact a Utilities Customer Information & Services representative at:

New Port Richey
Ph: (727) 847-8131

Land O' Lakes
Ph: (813) 235-6012

Dade City
Ph: (352) 521-4285