Rain Gauge  

Rain Gauge



RAINFALL
(in inches at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport)
 2013 to date   2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007  2006  2005  AVG  RECORD
Jan. 0.41 1.20 5.78 3.64 2.17 3.50 2.25 0.73 2.25 2.64 8.66-1993
Feb. 0.52 0.86 0.55 2.31 0.78 2.87 1.86 4.86 2.21 3.00 9.60-1983
March 2.22 0.74 5.45 7.54 0.57 4.23 0.67 0.22 4.76 3.89 12.94-1960
April 4.40 1.43 1.75 3.45 1.34 4.47 2.02 0.72 4.96 2.67 8.48-1959
May 1.03 2.44 1.89 2.81 14.95 0.37 2.45 2.94 4.10 3.36 16.03-1979
June 15.55 5.87 3.18 8.59 6.22 8.34 8.39 14.48 8.02 14.86-1968
July 7.32 8.86 8.55 6.52 9.25 7.12 8.58 9.41 7.49 15.67-1960
Aug. 8.71 9.76 15.19 6.79 9.98 11.60 7.74 8.51 8.50 15.57-1948
Sept. 6.91 4.49 3.22 7.86 1.45 6.52 6.19 3.04 7.44 19.67-2004
Oct. 1.86 6.50 0.00 0.48 1.17 6.06 0.93 9.19 2.88 9.19-2005
Nov. 0.08 0.19 1.36 1.12 2.07 0.15 1.60 2.12 2.30 7.19-1988
Dec. 1.89 0.50 0.79 3.60 1.32 0.98 2.20 1.84 2.60 12.28-1997
Total 8.56 48.99 51.59 52.04 54.77 46.90 50.02 45.10 66.87 54.79  
2013 to date 8.58  
Updated May 13, 2013

Potable, Surface, Well & Reclaimed Watering Restrictions Phase 1

Designated Watering Days Effective 7/26/2011
Even Addresses Odd Addresses Address Unknown
Lawn & Landscape Irrigation Lawn & Landscape Irrigation Lawn & Landscape Irrigation
Thursday and or Sunday Wednesday and or Saturday Tuesday and or Friday
Watering Times Between Watering Times Between Watering Times Between

12:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

OR

4:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.

12:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.

OR

4:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.

12:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

OR

4:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.

Hand Watering Or Micro-Irrigation Of Landscape Other Than Actual Lawn Areas Is Allowed At Any Time 

Watering Restrictions Effective Through 10-31-11 


Other Phase I Water Shortage Restrictions Effective 7/26/2011

    • Locations Without A Discernable Address: Locations without a discernable address are areas such as rights-of-way and other common areas inside a subdivision.
    • New Lawns & Plants:

  • New lawns and plants have a 30-30 establishment period, which allows any-day watering during the first 30 days.
  • The new plant/lawn users must still abide by the *permitted hours except on the day of installation, during which residents may irrigate as needed within the 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. prohibited timeframe.
  • During the second 30 days, watering is allowed three days per week. *Permitted hours watering time frame is within the 12:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. &  4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. timeframe.
  • Even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
  • Odd-numbered addresses may water Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
• Fountains, Car Washing and Pressure Washing:

There are no restrictions on fountains, car washing and pressure washing. The District asks that residents be as efficient as possible, such as using a shutoff nozzle on their hose so water is not wasted.

• Irrigation Systems Under Phase 1: Residents are asked to check their irrigation systems to ensure they are working properly. Test and repair broken pipes and leaks and damaged or tilted sprinkler heads.
Residents should check their irrigation time to ensure the settings are correct and the rain sensor is working properly in accordance with state law. • Landscape Water Schedule & Times: Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day and at any time.

Polk County Ordinance ~ Potable, Surface, Well & Reclaimed Water

Enforced Restrictions Effective 8/1/2009
Violation of any provision of Ordinance No. 04-07 (Adopted 2/18/2004) or Ordinance 09-050 (Adopted 8/1/2009) shall be subject to the following penalties:
  • First Violation ~ Fine of $50.00
  • Second Violation ~ Fine of $200.00
  • Third and subsequent Violations of this Ordinance ~ $500.00
*A Gross Water Waste Violation that is Irreparable or Irreversible in Nature by a Person Shall be a Fine up to $1,000.00 Gross Water Waste Violations that are irreparable or irreversible in nature which shall include without limitations:  A broken irrigation system and/or water pipe that allows water to flow from a broken sprinkler head, outdoor faucet, or other malfunctioning plumbing or irrigation system component or other water system malfunction that continuously disperses a high quantity of water.)







Water use restrictions apply to all customers, residential and commercial, in Polk County, and to all water sources, including wells and surface waters. Violating these restrictions may result in a fine of up to $1,000.00. To report a Water Use Violation, You May Email WRE@Polk-County.net For Questions Regarding a Water Use Violation, You May Email MelanieLender@polk-county.net

Public Records Awareness ~ Florida has a very broad Public Records Law. Most written communications to or from State and Local Officials regarding State or Local business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your email communications may therefore be subject to public disclosure.

  • Please provide the following watering violation information ~ Please feel free to leave your name and contact information
    • Violation Address
    • Date & Time of the Violation
    • The Nature of the Violation ( i.e. watering on a non-watering day, watering during non-watering time, etc.)

The jurisdiction of Polk County includes lands located in both the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and the South Florida Water Management District. The majority of the population in Polk County and the majority of public water supplies and domestic wells serving the Polk County population are currently located within the SWFWMD water service area. To be consistent to one set of year-round conservation measures and when necessary, one consistent set of temporary water shortage restrictions on a county-wide basis, Polk County has adopted the related Rules to follow from those of SWFWMD. It is the duty of county governmental and law enforcement officials for enforcement of these rules.


Potable, Surface, Well & Reclaimed Water Restrictions ~ Polk County Ordinances 
  • Polk County Ordinance No. 04-07, Adopted February 18, 2004
    Year-Round Water Conservation Measures and Water Shortage Ordinance                                                                                                
  • Polk County Ordinance No. 09-050, Amended Ordinance No. 04-07, Section 8 and Section 9 on August 1, 2009
    • Section 8 was Amended to Provide for Enforcement Through the Polk County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate.
    • Section 9 was Amended to Provide for Penalties and a Method to Address Violations that are Irreparable or Irreversible in Nature; Providing for Severability, Providing for an Effective Date.


Potable, Surface, Well & Reclaimed Water Restrictions

Designated Watering Days Effective 7/26/2011

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Polk County Utilities main office at (863) 298.4100 and ask for Customer Service.

Further information is available on the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s website (www.WaterMatters.org). For additional water restriction questions or to report a possible violation, please call the water restrictions hotline at 1-800-848-0499 (FL only). (off-hours uses an automated response system or 1-800-836-0797 (FL only), ext 2298 or email at Water.Restrictions@WaterMatters.org.

Effective Date and Areas

  • The District’s Phase I Water Shortage Restrictions went into effect on Dec. 1, 2010, except where stricter measures have been imposed by local governments. The Phase I water shortage has been extended through October 31, 2011. Always refer to your local government or utility restriction guidelines first.
  • Restrictions apply to all of Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter counties; and portions of Lake and Levy counties. View map.
  • The unincorporated parts of Pasco and Sarasota counties have local ordinances and are on one-day-per-week restrictions.
  • The City of Ocala and unincorporated Marion County will continue to follow the St. Johns River Water Management District’s water restrictions; however, the City of Dunnellon and The Villages remain under the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s water restrictions.

Lawn Watering Schedule and Times

  • Lawn watering is limited to twice per week.
  • Lawn watering days and times are as follows unless your city or county has a different schedule or stricter hours in effect:
    • Even addresses may water on Thursday and/or Sunday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
    • Odd addresses may water on Wednesday and/or Saturday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
    • Locations without a discernable address, such as rights-of-way and other common areas inside a subdivision, may water on Tuesday and/or Friday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

Irrigation Systems

  • Under Phase I, residents are asked to check their irrigation systems to ensure they are working properly. This means testing and repairing broken pipes and leaks, and damaged or tilted sprinkler heads.
  • Residents should also check their irrigation timer to ensure the settings are correct and the rain sensor is working properly in accordance with state law.

Landscape Watering Schedule and Times

  • Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day and at any time.

New Lawns and Plants

  • New lawns and plants have a 30-30 establishment period, which allows any-day watering during the first 30 days.
  • During the second 30 days, watering is allowed three days per week: even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; odd-numbered addresses may water Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Reclaimed Water

  • Reclaimed water remains subject to voluntary watering hours, unless blended with another water source or restricted by the local government or utility.

Fountains, Car Washing and Pressure Washing

  • There are no restrictions on fountains, car washing and pressure washing. However, the District asks that residents be as efficient as possible, such as using a shutoff nozzle on their hose so water isn’t wasted.

Utilities

  • Water utilities and their local governments are expected to review and revise water restriction enforcement procedures, begin monthly enforcement reporting and communicate with customers about water restrictions and water conservation.
 
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