Modified Phase III Water Shortage Restrictions

*The City of Haines City is following the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Water Restrictions.

Effective Date and Area
  • The District’s Modified Phase III Water Shortage Restrictions are in effect beginning June 5, 2017 through August 1, 2017.
  • These measures currently apply to all of Polk County, Florida.
  • These restrictions apply to the use of wells and surface sources as ponds, rivers and canals, in addition to the utility-supplied water.
Lawn Watering Schedule and Times
  • “Phase III” restrictions reduce the watering schedule from twice-per-week to only once-per-week. Please see schedule below for your day for lawn watering.
  • “Phase III” restrictions limits the number of hours for watering. The allowable watering hours are before 8:00 a.m. or after 6 p.m., regardless of property size.

Water Restrictions

 Landscaping Watering Schedule and Times

  • Handwatering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day at any time, if needed.
New Lawns and 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.
Reclaimed Water
  • Reclaimed water remains subject to voluntary water 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 the enactment of this order.
Pressure Washing
  • Pressure washing is allowed once a year and for necessary purposes, such as prior to painting or sealing, I order to maintain a paint or material warranty, to address a health or safety hazard and to comply with health laws.
  • 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 (see fact sheet for list of exemptions, such as water features that also provide aerification to koi ponds).
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.
Watering Violations
  • Homeowners that violate these restrictions will be in violation of City Ordinance, Article V: Water Resource Conservation and will be subject to the following penalties:


For more detailed information regarding SWFWMD’s Water Restrictions please refer to:  www.WaterMatters.org

Irrigation Systems
  • Residents are asked to check their irrigation systems to ensure they are working properly. This means testing and repairing broken pipes and leaks, and damaged or tilted sprinkler heads.
  • Residents should also check their irrigation timer to ensure the settings are correct and the rain sensor is working properly in accordance with state law.

Applications & Forms

For more information, please contact the Utilities Department at 863-421-3695.