This is a summary; for details see Manatee County Watering Restrictions.
Irrigation Hours & Restrictions*
- Irrigation of existing lawns and landscaping is limited to once a day, two times per week.
- Irrigation days are by address.
- Irrigation is only allowed before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. on approved days.
- The Forest Creek CDD Irrigation System is off every Monday except as required for maintenance by the CDD Landscape vendor.
Restrictions apply to all potable (drinking) water and all irrigation waters that come from wells, surface water sources including retention ponds, rivers, lakes, etc. Violations of this directive carry fines up to $10,000 as provided for under Florida Statute §373.129(5).
Resident Irrigation Maintenance*
- The Forest Creek CDD Irrigation System is on all day every Saturday and Tuesday for residents to perform maintenance.
- The resident or licensed vendor must be present during maintenance.
- Maintenance is limited to 15 minutes per zone.
Watering Days By Address*
- EVEN addresses (last digit is 0,2, 4, 6 or 8) may only irrigate Thursday AND/OR Sunday
- ODD addresses (last digit is 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) may only irrigate Wednesday AND/OR Saturday
- Properties without addresses may only irrigate on Tuesday AND/OR Friday
Landscape Watering Schedule and Times*
- Hand watering and micro-irrigation or drip-irrigation of plants, shrubs and trees (lawn areas excluded) can be done on any day of the week and at any time of the day. Use a shut-off nozzle on the hose.
New Lawns and Plants*
Property owners should contact the Water Conservation Office at (941) 792-8811 ext 5327 to register a new landscape project and qualify for the following:
- On days 1-30, beginning on the day of installation, new sod, grass seed and plant material may be watered any day of the week, before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
- On days 31-60, new sod, grass seed and plant material may be watered as follows: Even-numbered addresses may only water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Odd-numbered addresses may only water on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Common areas, mixed even/odd addresses, and location with no address may water on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday. Following this period most smaller-sized plant material has become established and must follow the two day per week restriction outlined above. Larger trees and shrubs will need a longer establishment period and micro-irrigation (using shrubber emitters) can be used to continue the establishment period. Call the County Extension Office (941) 722-4524 to receive additional information on plant establishment periods.
NOTE: All new plant material (new or replacement sod, grass seed or new plants/shrubs) must cover at least 50% of an irrigation zone in order to water with an in-ground sprinkler system during the establishment period. If not, the new plant material must be hand watered following the same time of day and day of week restrictions for new plant establishment. (Example: If you purchased one flat of grass plugs to place throughout your front yard to fill in bare spots, this would not cover 50% or an irrigation zone. Hand watering would be required.)
Also, only those zones containing 50% new plant material may be watered, not the entire yard. (Example: If you had your entire front yard re-sodded, but not your backyard, only those zones covering the front yard may run during the establishment period. The backyard zones would have to remain on the regular watering schedule. Most irrigation timers have an A & B program. Program A can be set for the regular watering. Program B can be programmed for multiple days to only water those zones containing the new plant material during the establishment period.)
Failure to contact the Water Conservation Department may result in a warning notice or citation.
* Note: The Forest Creek Irrigation System is equipped with a rain sensor which automatically shuts the system down during rain and then resets after a period of time afterwards.
- Manatee County definition of Reclaimed Water: “Water that has received at least advanced secondary treatment and is reused after flowing out of a wastewater treatment facility.” [Click here for source]
- The District irrigation system source is a retention pond, not reclaimed water as defined by Manatee County and the irrigation hours & restrictions above apply.
Fountains, Car Washing and Pressure Washing
- There are no restrictions on fountains, car washing and pressure washing.
- However, the District asks that residents be as efficient as possible, such as using a shut-off nozzle on their hose, so water isn’t wasted.