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Watering days/restrictions

Watering Sprinklers

Watering days flier[PDF]

Water Conservation Ordinance[PDF]

In addition to a variance from the county's ordinance, you may also need to apply for a variance from the St. Johns River Water Management District's rules.

Watering restrictions:

Watering restrictions apply to all county residents, including those living in cities.

Watering is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

During Eastern Standard Time:

  • Residential irrigation is limited to 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. Saturdays for odd-numbered addresses and Sundays for even-numbered addresses.
  • Businesses may irrigate from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesdays.

During Daylight Saving Time:

  • Residential irrigation is allowed at odd-numbered addresses from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays and even-number addresses Thursdays and Sundays.
  • Business may irrigate from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Daylight Saving Time begins the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November.

Irrigation is limited to no more than one hour and three-quarters inch of water per zone per irrigation day.  A typical yard has four irrigation zones.

Restrictions apply to all water sources, including private wells, surface water, and water from public and private utilities, except for reclaimed water (see your reclaimed water provider for any restrictions.)

New plantings may be watered any time for 30 days, then every other day for another 30 days. Keep the store receipt for proof of purchase.

Hand watering is allowed any time with an automatic shutoff on the hose.

Watering of chemicals is allowed any time within 24 hours of application and may not exceed a quarter-inch of water.

Automatic landscape irrigation systems, regardless of the date of installation, must be equipped with functional rain-sensing devices or soil-moisture sensors.

Agricultural uses are exempt from the provisions of the Water Conservation Ordinance, as long as they follow the agricultural water conservation requirements of the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Enforcement of watering restrictions:

For unincorporated areas and the county's 15,000 water customers, fines are $50 for first violations, $100 for second violations in 5 years, $250 for third violations, and $500 for fourth and subsequent violations.

To report watering violations, please call:

386-736-5925, ext. 12769, in West Volusia
386-257-6000, ext. 12769, in Daytona Beach
386-423-3300, ext. 12769, in New Smyrna Beach
or email

Complaints may also be directed online to  Volusia Logo Dark Page Link

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