Landscape, Irrigation, and Water Restrictions

Irrigation restrictions apply to all sources of water, whether pond, well, or public supply. The Sarasota County Commission unanimously voted to maintain the previously imposed once-a-week watering restrictions.

Historically, Sarasota County residents have a strong heritage of water conservation. Since 1992, the average water consumption by residents has dropped from 148 gallons per person a day to 88 gallons per day. This is the lowest water consumption per person a day in the region. Once-a-week watering restrictions will help maintain a low consumption rate while allowing time for the aquifer to recover after many months of drought.

Current Watering Restrictions

  • Even addresses (house numbers ending with 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) may water only on Tuesday.

  • Odd addresses (house numbers ending with 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) may water only Thursday.

  • Common areas with no address, such as median or roadside plantings, clubhouse or recreation areas may be irrigated only on Tuesday.

  • Property under 2 acres can water before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m.

  • Property over 2 acres can water before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

  • The maximum amount of water applied is limited to three-quarters of an inch in each irrigation zone, once, on each allowable watering day.

Exceptions to water restrictions
Flower beds, vegetable gardens and other non-lawn areas may be irrigated as needed using a hand-watering device with a shut-off nozzle. These areas may also be watered using micro-irrigation and other forms of horticulture appropriate, low-volume irrigation, on any day of the week.

Newly planted lawn and landscape areas may be watered any day of the week for a 60-day establishment period that begins the day that the plant material is installed. New plantings must be 50 percent of planted area. No irrigation is permitted between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. 
Car washing is limited to once per week; however, fundraiser events are allowed.