City of Bushnell and Sumter County Under a Water Shortage Order

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board has issued Water Shortage Order No. SWF 2023-041 for all of Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and Sumter counties; portions of Charlotte, Highlands and Lake counties; the City of Dunnellon and The Villages in Marion County; and the portion of Gasparilla Island in Lee County. The order is effective November 21, 2023, through July 1, 2024, except where stricter measures have been imposed by local governments.  

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?  
Water resource conditions are below normal and may get worse before they start to improve.  In addition to alerting the public, conditions warrant requiring water utilities to take certain actions.   

SUMMARY OF RESTRICTIONS & OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
As of November 21, 2023, the following restrictions apply to all of Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter counties; portions of Charlotte, Highlands and Lake counties; the City of Dunnellon and The Villages in Marion County; and the portion of Gasparilla Island in Lee County.
• Continue following current lawn and landscape irrigation restrictions
• “Wasteful and Unnecessary” water use is prohibited, including: allowing water to be dispersed without any practical purpose, using water in a grossly inefficient manner, and using water for a purpose that can be readily accomplished by other means
• Water utilities, in consultation with applicable local enforcement agencies, must:
  • Review, update and implement procedures for enforcing year-round and water shortage restrictions
  • Report information to the District regarding violations involving a Water Use Permit holder
  • Respond to residential and other enforcement referrals made by the District
  • Transmit enforcement data to the District on a monthly basis o Inform customers about the declaration, local supplies and water conservation opportunities
  • Address inquiries from the District and citizens about line flushing and disinfection activity  
In addition to the above, as of Dec. 1, 2023, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties will be under a Modified Phase I Water Shortage Order limiting water restrictions to once per week.

ANY QUESTIONS?  
• Visit the District’s website at www.WaterMatters.org/Restrictions for more information.
• Send an inquiry to Water.Restrictions@WaterMatters.org at any time.
• Call 813-856-5679 during business hours.