Outdoor Water Restrictions

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) issues lawn water restrictions for counties throughout south Florida. Specific restrictions that apply to the NMB Water service area are described on the Miami Dade County website.

Miami-Dade County Landscape Irrigation Restrictions

  • Watering is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Hand-watering with one hose fitted with an automatic shut-off nozzle is allowed for 10 minutes per day for landscape stress relief and to prevent plant die-off.
  • Restrictions apply to all users of municipal and county water utilities and wells.
  • Residents and businesses with an odd-numbered street address (ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9): Lawn watering is permitted on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Residents and businesses with an even-numbered street address (ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8*), no street address, or who water both even and odd addresses within the same zones, including multi-family units and Homeowner Associations: Lawn watering is permitted on Thursdays and Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 10 a.m.

Residents should choose from one of two "watering windows" (before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.) on their designated irrigation days. For the most efficient use of water, residents should avoid irrigating during both time periods on the same day. To report a water restriction violation, visit the 3-1-1 submit a service request website and select Other under the All tab or call 3-1-1.

Exceptions to the Restrictions

  • Restrictions do not apply for:
    • Car and boat washing
    • Pressure cleaning of paved surfaces
    • Decorative fountains
    • Water-based recreation (e.g., swimming pools, water slides)
  • Users of 100 percent reclaimed water are exempt from restrictions, but encouraged to conserve water.
  • Low-volume irrigation, including the use of drop and micro jet systems that apply water directly to plant root zones, is not restricted but is encouraged to be reduced.

Newly planted garden and landscaping can be watered during the corresponding hours listed above every day, except Fridays, for the first 90 days after installation. Save the receipt with the date of purchase. When unable to water during specific hours, call Miami-Dade County at 3-1-1 to apply for a variance.

Water Restrictions - FAQs

Does water that comes from private wells, canals, lakes or ponds fall under the current water restrictions? 

Restrictions apply to all sources of water for irrigation including wells, canals, ponds and lakes. Landscape irrigation using reclaimed water is not restricted.

Are water restrictions mandatory? 

Residential and commercial water restrictions are mandatory and are enforced by South Florida Water Management District staff, local governments and law enforcement agencies. Residential fines vary by municipality, but typically range from $25 to $125 for a first offense. Civil penalties for violations of restrictions by District permittees and commercial users begin at $1,500 and can increase depending on the severity of the violation.

Can I wash my car or boat? 

Car, boat and other vehicle washing is allowed. Always attach an adjustable spray or trigger nozzle to the hose and wash vehicles over a non-paved, grassy or porous area.

What about hand-watering my with a hose or watering can? 

Using a watering can or hand-watering with a hose and attached adjustable spray or trigger nozzle is allowed.

What about drip, bubble and micro-jet irrigation systems? 

Drip, bubble and micro-jet systems that apply water directly to root plant zones may be used anytime. Any low-volume system should not produce water runoff.

When can I repair my irrigation system? 

Landscape irrigation systems may be operated once a week during restricted days and/or times for cleaning, maintenance and repair if an attendant is onsite in the area being tested. Testing should not exceed 10 minutes per zone.

Who should I contact if I see water restriction violators? 

Violations of water restrictions may be reported to local law enforcement or city/county zoning and code enforcement agencies. Both have the authority to issue warnings and citations that can lead to fines. If you choose to notify your local law enforcement agency, please call their non-emergency number.

Can I apply for a variance? 

Variances from restrictions that may allow you to change your watering days and/or times can be applied for through the South Florida Water Management District. The application form and instructions are online on the South Florida Water Management District website. Applications will be reviewed by South Florida Water Management District staff, and approval or denial is based on criteria listed in the Water Shortage Plan Rule. Water restrictions must be observed while a variance application is under consideration. For more information call 800-662-8876.