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Outdoor Water Restrictions

Miami-Dade County has precious water supply that must be protected and preserved. Water conservation is vital to the preservation of South Florida's ecosystems.

Water Restrictions
In Miami-Dade County, water restrictions are permanent and enforced year-round. These restrictions apply to users of any water source, including public utilities, private wells and any surface water body including canals and lakes.

So when can I water my lawn?
You may water your lawn two days a week. The same rules apply to residences and businesses.
  • ODD-numbered home address (those that end in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) are permitted to irrigate on Wednesdays and Saturdays, before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
  • EVEN-numbered addresses (those ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8) are allowed to irrigate on Thursdays and Sundays, before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
Choose one of the two “watering windows” — either morning or evening. It is not necessary to water your lawn twice a day – it’s wasteful and can be detrimental to your landscape.

Expanded Water Restrictions
Due to dry conditions the region has been experiencing, on April 10, 2020 the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) issued an order on stricter landscape irrigation that conserves water amid lower than average rainfall as follows: 
  • ODD-numbered home address (those that end in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) are permitted on Wednesdays and Saturdays, before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
  • EVEN-numbered addresses (those ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8) are allowed on Thursdays and Sundays, before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
  • Apply no more than 3/4-inch to 1 inch of water per week on lawns and landscapes and only as needed to supplement rainfall.
Choose one of the two “watering windows” — either morning or evening. It is not necessary to water your lawn twice a day – it’s wasteful and can be detrimental to your landscape.

The Order states that plants may be watered using low volume irrigation, micro-irrigation, low volume hand watering methods, and rain barrels, cisterns, or other similar rain harvesting devices without regard to the watering days or times. It also does not limit irrigation when using treated reclaimed water. This order remains in effect indefinitely until notification from SFWMD. 

If you have questions about water restrictions, please contact Patrick J. Martin at [email protected] or 786-552-8972.