Know Your Watering Days

In Tavares, depending upon your location, your irrigation system may be connected to either potable (drinking) water or reclaimed water.

Watering with Potable Water

Lawns watered using potable water must follow a specific set of guidelines and restrictions which are established by the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD). The mandatory lawn watering restriction specify the days when you may water your lawn and landscaping. These days depend on whether you have an odd or even numbered address, and the time of year.

The chart below is a brief guideline. For detailed information and list of exceptions, visit the SJRWMD website.

Time of Year
Homes with Odd Numbered or No Addresses
Homes with Even Numbered Addresses
Non-residential Properties
Daylight Savings Time - DST
Eastern Standard Time - DST

  • Daylight Saving Time: Second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November.
  • Eastern Standard Time: First Sunday in November until the second Sunday in March.
  • An odd numbered address is one that ends in 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9.
  • An even numbered address is one that ends in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8.
  • Water only when needed and not between 10 am and 4 pm.
  • Water for no more than one hour per zone.
  • Restrictions apply to private wells and pumps, ground or surface water and water from public and private utilities.

Watering with Reclaimed Water

Reclaimed water is wastewater that has been purified, treated and disinfected. It can be safely used to irrigate lawns, landscaping and golf courses.

If reclaimed water is used for irrigation there are no restrictions. Watering can take place as often as needed, regardless of the day of the week or season of the year.

To find out if your neighborhood is supplied by reclaimed water, call Tavares Utilities at 352.742.6225.