Lee County Irrigation Restrictions – What days can I water my lawn?

Have you ever wondered “What days can I water my lawn in Lee County?”

Not to fear, Larue has your answer!

Here are the Year-Round Irrigation Restrictions for Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral and Sanibel in Lee County, Florida:

ODD Numbered Addresses
Wednesdays and/or Saturdays from midnight to 9 A.M. and/or 5 P.M. to midnight

EVEN Numbered Address / No Address
Thursdays and/or Sundays from midnight to 9 A.M. and/or 5 P.M. to midnight

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or any time Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays

Are there exceptions to Watering Restrictions in Lee County?

The answer is yes, there are some exceptions to watering restrictions in Lee County for up to 60 days after installing a new lawn and/or landscape. During that time, additional watering is acceptable as long as the following conditions are met:

On the Day of Install – Soil irrigation is allowed immediately prior to planting. New plantings and soil may be irrigated once without regard to watering days/times.

1-30 Days After Install – May be watered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and/or Sunday — only before 9 a.m. and/or after 5 p.m.

31-60 Days After Install – May be watered on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday — only before 9 a.m. and/or after 5 p.m.

Irrigation is limited to areas containing new landscaping only. An entire irrigation zone may be watered only if new landscaping is planted on at least 50 percent of that zone. If less than 50 percent, only the new plantings may be watered.

Watering may be conducted at any time if:

  • Irrigating using reclaimed water, rain harvesting systems and various low-volume methods (such as micro-irrigation, container watering and hand watering using a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle).
  • Pressure washing outdoor buildings or structures.
  • Washing vehicles and boats using a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle. If possible, please wash where the water will flow onto soil or grass.

Do you have a Watering Violation to report?

If you are a resident of unincorporated Lee County the number to call is 239-533-8845. Otherwise, residents within the City of Cape Coral, City of Bonita Springs, City of Sanibel and Captiva Island, City of Fort Myers or the Town of Fort Myers Beach should contact their local law enforcement or code enforcement to report watering violations.

In addition to following Lee County’s Irrigation Restrictions, here are some techniques you can use to ensure your landscaping is both green and conservation-friendly.

  1. Water first thing in the morning before the day’s heat has had time to build. That way less water will be lost to evaporation.
  2. Use two to three inches of your favorite mulch around plants, trees, and shrubs. This will reduce surface evaporation and improve water penetration.
  3. Purchase a rain gauge to monitor how much water your landscape is receiving. Remember, you don’t need to water if it has rained in the last twenty-four hours or of it is predicted to rain in the next twenty-four.
  4. Mow your lawn at the highest setting to encourage the development of a deeper root system, which will help your grass become drought tolerant.

Water conservation is extremely important in Southwest Florida.

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