Coquina Key. The Friendly Island

Important Information regarding Changes to Current Watering Restrictions

Our region is experiencing an extended period of drought due to lack of significant rainfall. This trend has limited surface water supplies for processing drinking water. The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), the regulator of our water supplies has recently issued Water  Shortage Order #08-044 for Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties.  Watering for users of potable, private well and surface water sources is ONCE A WEEK. While reclaimed water usage is still voluntary, all are encouraged to follow the schedule.

Below are the additional requirements:

• Hand-watering of non-lawn landscaping is prohibited from 8AM until 6PM. An automatic shutoff device must be installed on your hose and used at all times.

• Hand-watering of lawns is allowed only during your designated watering day and times.

• Micro-irrigation (also called low-flow or drip irrigation) is prohibited from 8AM until 6PM.

• Non-essential lawn and landscape water use must be eliminated.

• Aesthetic fountains and waterfalls, including for storm water pond aeration (unless pond is augmented by reclaimed water) shall be operated for no more than four (4) hours per day


Violations observed by Enforcement Personnel will result in a citation. A violation is subject to a fine plus court costs. Failure to comply with current watering restrictions is a Class II municipal ordinance offense subject to a $175 fine plus court costs. Court costs range from $13 for uncontested violations to $58 for contested violations. Subsequent violations are subject to higher fines as assessed by the court up to a maximum fine of $500 plus court costs.


Useful Phone Numbers:

Emergency 911
Non-emergency Police Dept. 837-7780
Police District Service Line 551-3181
Report Code Violations 893-7373
Mayor's Action Center
Code Violations, other issues
Reclaimed Water 892-5111
Mosquito Control 464-7503
Refuse Pickup 893-7360
Rodent Control 893-7360
Drug Tip Hotline: (anonymous) 522-5900