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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 permittee's and commercial users begin at $1,500 and can increase depending on the severity of the violation.
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Restrictions apply to all sources of water for irrigation including wells, canals, ponds and lakes. Landscape irrigation using reclaimed water is not restricted.
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.
Using a watering can or hand-watering with a hose and attached adjustable spray or trigger nozzle is allowed.
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.
Landscape irrigation systems may be operated once a week during restricted days and/or times for cleaning, maintenance and repair if an attendant is on-site in the area being tested. Testing should not exceed 10 minutes per zone.
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.
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 available at South Florida Water Management District. 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.