Water Restrictions

Watering Rules

Strict watering rules are in effect for Temple Terrace and nearby areas. 


Modified Phase III Water Shortage Restrictions Effective June 5, 2017 through August 1, 2017:

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has implemented modified Phase III water restrictions which limit lawn watering to one day per week.  Watering hours are before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. These restrictions begin June 5, 2017 and run through August 1, 2017.

In addition to utility supplied water, these restrictions also apply to the use of wells and surface sources such as ponds, rivers and canals. 

Lawn watering is limited to a once-per-week schedule.
 Addresses with “house numbers” ending in:
  May only irrigate on :
 0 or 1 Monday 
 2 or 3 Tuesday
4 or 5 Wednesday
6 or 7 Thursday
8 or 9 Friday
No Address (community common areas, etc.) Friday

Landscape 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 & 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. See also “Deed Restrictions” below.

Reclaimed Water

  • Reclaimed water remains subject to voluntary watering hours, unless blended with another water source or restricted by the local government or utility.

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 enactment of this order.

Pressure Washing

  • Pressure washing is allowed once a year and for necessary purposes, such as prior to painting or sealing, in order to maintain a paint or material warranty, to address a health or safety hazard and to comply with health laws. See also “Deed Restrictions” below.


  • 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.

Water Utilities and Other Essential Services

  • Water use necessary for fire suppression, maintaining safe drinking water quality, and other essential services is not restricted.
  • Water utilities, in conjunction with local government agencies, must enforce restrictions and provide a monthly enforcement report (see new fact sheet for details).
  • Water utilities must continue implementing customer messaging and other water conservation efforts (see new fact sheet for details).
For more information on current watering restrictions or to report a violation, 
please contact the CODE COMPLIANCE OFFICE at 813-506-6680.

Important Note:

The traditional EVEN/ODD address restrictions, indicated in light-gray text below,  remain in effect through June 4, 2017, but will be suspending and replaced on June 5, 2017, with the once-per-week restrictions shown above.  The once-per-week restriction will be in effect until August 1, 2017.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has imposed water-conservation measures for the Tampa Bay area. The rules apply to Temple Terrace and other areas except where stricter measures are imposed by local governments. The rules in unincorporated Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa, for example, may vary from those in Temple Terrace. 


The following restrictions are in effect for residents who receive water service from the City of Temple Terrace:

Lawn watering days and times for the twice-per-week schedule are as follows:
  • Even addresses may water on Thursday and/or Sunday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
  • Odd addresses may water on Wednesday and/or Saturday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
  • Locations without a discernible address, such as rights-of-way and other common areas inside a subdivision, may water on Tuesday and/or Friday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

Plants & Shrubbery

Hand-watering of plants and shrubs (other than lawns) may be done at any time, as needed.

New Lawns

New lawns and plants have a "30-30" establishment period. On the day of installation, watering is allowed on any day at any time. During the first 30 days, watering is allowed on any day during the allowable hours. During second 30 days, watering is allowed three days a week: even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; odd-numbered addresses may water on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Locations without a discernible address may water on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.