Water Restrictions

During its meeting on July 26, 2011, in response to ongoing drought impacts to regional water resources, the Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) ordered an extension of the existing Modified Phase I (Moderate) Water Shortage declaration

The Water Shortage Order first went into effect on December 1, 2010 and would have otherwise expired on July 31, 2011. The modified expiration date is October 31, 2011; however, the Board may revisit the issue at an earlier date if conditions improve significantly in response to summer rains

On January 16, 2007, the Lake Wales City Commission declared a Severe Water Shortage and imposed water restriction enforcement as dictated by City Ordinance 96-06 and the City's Water Conservation Plan. The restrictions apply to the use of water from all wells or surface water, public or private. The order went into effect on January 16, 2007 and will remain in effect until June 30, 2010. Following the lead of SWFWMD, the City will return to the twice-per-week, year-round water conservation measures starting July 1.
Lawn Water Restrictions
Lawn Watering Schedule & Times
  • Lawn watering is limited to twice per week.
  • 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.
Landscape Watering Schedule & Times
Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day and at any time.

New Lawns & Plants
New lawns and plants have a 30-30 establishment period, which allows any-day watering during the first 30 days.
During the second 30 days, watering is allowed 3 days per week: even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; odd-numbered addresses may water Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

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

Fountain Operation, Car Washing & 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.
City police and code enforcement officers will enforce the provisions of Ordinance 96-06, Water Shortage Emergency, within the municipal limits by issuing local citations and collecting fines in the same manner as local traffic infractions are enforced.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office will enforce the provisions of the ordinance within those areas of the city's utility service area that lie outside the municipal limits. A violation of the ordinance is a civil infraction and violators will be subject to the following penalties:

Violation Penalties

  • First Violation - $25.00
  • Second and Subsequent Violations - Not to exceed $500 per offense
Court Costs may be imposed as provided by law. Each day the violation continues shall be considered a separate violation.

Additional Information
If you need to familiarize yourself regarding restrictions and other requirements included in the Water Shortage Order, please the Water Matters website.