Citrus County rolls out one-day watering schedule for all unincorporated areas

Citrus County has enacted mandatory irrigation restrictions effective immediately, in response to increased irrigation demands that resulted in groundwater withdrawals exceeding Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (SWFWMD) permitted amounts.

The new watering schedule is necessary to bring water use into permit compliance and avoid regulatory penalties.

The new landscape irrigation restrictions are in place for all Citrus County except the cities of Crystal River and Inverness. The new restrictions include:

  • Landscape irrigation is limited to one day per week for unincorporated Citrus County.
  • Irrigation is only allowed on a specific day of the week based on the last number of the address.
  • All landscape irrigation is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to reduce evaporation.
  • Established lawns less than one acre in size, shall choose to irrigate either before 10 AM or after 4 PM – not both.
  • Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day before 10 AM or after 4 PM.
  • All wasteful and unnecessary water use is prohibited.  For example, irrigating within 12 hours of receiving ¾” of rain, irrigating with a broken sprinkler head/part or allowing water to flow from a hose without a nozzle.

Below is the one-day per week unincorporated Citrus County watering schedule. A user may irrigate established lawns and landscaping during only one (1) of the specified time periods on the allowable watering day.

Address

Irrigation Day

Choose AM or PM Irrigation (not both)

Address that ends in 0 or 1

Monday

12 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Address that ends in 2 or 3

Tuesday

12 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Address that ends in 4 or 5

Wednesday

12 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Address that ends in 6 or 7

Thursday

12 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Address that ends in 8 or 9 and locations with a mix of addresses, or for which an address cannot be determined (such as multi- family units and common areas associated with a subdivision)

Friday

12 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Frequent hand washing uses very little water. Residents are encouraged to continue hand washi

Frequent hand washing uses very little water. Residents are encouraged to continue hand washing, following CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For questions and additional information on watering restrictions, please phone 352-527-7669.

12 thoughts on “Citrus County rolls out one-day watering schedule for all unincorporated areas”

  1. Why do certain areas allow twice a week watering while most of Citrus County is restricted to once a week? According to your most recent communication, Inverness and Crystal River are not subject to this restriction. Furthermore, many cities in and around the Tampa area are also not held to this restriction yet fall under the same Southwest Water Management Zone. This makes no sense as these areas have a much greater population and a water usage, far exceeding the remainder of Citrus County. Can you please explain the reasoning behind this discriminatory and selective process. It reeks of self rewarding agendas and political ambitions by our Country Commissioners. It’s totally unfair and a violation of equal rights that is so prevalent in today’s society and political arena.

  2. I have never received any notification that this change was/is pending. Did I miss something or does this mean the new schedule does not apply to me? I live in Sugarmill Woods and have a private well if that is pertinent. I googled the matter and no mention of this change is on SWFMD’s page – they still show the restrictions related to even or odd addresses. Thanks

    1. For questions and additional information on watering restrictions, please phone 352-527-7669.

  3. So this also applies for all the golf courses, like Skyvieuw, Black Diamond , Meadows, the Oaks. They consume a lot of water collected from the groundwater. They are the big consumer’s nothing to do with their own well.

  4. Whose going to pay for my sod replacement after my grass dies from lack of water – sugarmill woods resident. No leaks but my bill is costing enough at 100.00 to 130.00 per month with only 2 individuals.

  5. I also didn’t receive any notification regarding the current water restriction. I heard only from my neighbors. What is going on? I called the office at 352-527-7669 and left a message but I haven’t received any call yet.

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