New Landscaping Water Restrictions

in Effect for St. Augustine and St. Johns County

Water is a natural resource shared by all and as Florida’s population increases, so does the need for all of Florida’s residents to conserve. Water conservation may seem unnecessary in a state surrounded by water but not all of that water is readily available for drinking or irrigation.

Conserving water is not only good for the environment, but can help you save money on utility bills and spend less time on home maintenance.

The Governing Board of The St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) recently passed new restrictions for lawn watering throughout the 18 county district including St. Augustine and St. Johns County.
And on April 27 the St. Augustine City Commission passed a water conservation ordinance in conjunction with the new SJRWMD conservation restrictions.

The watering days are dependent upon the time of year (either Eastern Standard Time or Daylight Savings Time) and your numbered (odd or even) address for both private and nonresidential properties.

However, one exception is a hand held hose and sprinkler which is allowed anytime. 

The following table can be used to determine when you can water.

Time of Year

Home with

odd number or

no address

Home with even

numbered addresses



Daylight Savings Time Wed/Sat Thurs/Sun Tues/Fri
Eastern Standard Time Sat Sun Tues
  • Water only when needed and not between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Water for no more than one hour per zone.
  • Restrictions apply to private wells and pumps, ground or surface water and water from public and private utilities.
  • Some exceptions apply.

Other notes of interest from the SJRWMD:

• Irrigation is limited to no more than ¾ inch of water per zone per irrigation day.

• Irrigation is limited to no more than one hour per irrigation zone per irrigation day.

• Irrigation is limited to only that amount necessary to meet landscape needs.

• When reclaimed water is available for irrigation use, the use of private irrigation wells is not authorized.

• Irrigation limitations apply to water withdrawn from ground or surface water, from a private well or pump, or from a public or private utility.

• Persons irrigating with an automatic lawn irrigation system installed after May 1991 shall install, maintain and operate a rain sensor device or switch that overrides the system when adequate rainfall has occurred.

Exceptions to the restrictions:

Irrigation using a micro-spray, micro-jet, drip or bubbler irrigation system is allowed anytime.

Irrigation using a hand-held hose equipped with a spray nozzle that can be adjusted so water flows only as needed is allowed anytime.

Irrigation of new landscape is allowed at any time of day on any day for the initial 30 days and every other day for the next 30 days for a total of one 60-day period, provided that the irrigation is limited to the minimum amount necessary for establishment.



Irrigation systems may be operated anytime for maintenance and repair purposes, not to exceed 20 minutes per hour per zone.

Watering in of chemicals, including insecticides, pesticides, fertilizers, fungicides and herbicides when required by law, the manufacturer, or best management practices, is allowed anytime within 24 hours of application. Watering in of chemicals may not exceed ¼ inch of water per application except as otherwise required by law, the manufacturer, or best management practices.

Irrigation systems may be operated anytime for maintenance and repair purposes, not to exceed 20 minutes per hour per zone.

The use of water from a reclaimed water system is allowed anytime. A reclaimed water system includes systems in which the primary source is reclaimed water, which may or may not be supplemented from another source during peak demand periods.

Discharge of water from a water-to-air air-conditioning unit or other water-dependent cooling system is not limited.

The use of recycled water from wet detention treatment ponds for irrigation is allowed anytime provided the ponds are not augmented from any ground or off-site surface water, or public supply sources.

For more information on the watering restrictions, go to the SJRWMD Web site at or call the Jacksonville District office at 904.730.6270.

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