Cape Coral City Manager Rob Hernandez has issued a Stage 1 Water Shortage Condition, effective at midnight on Monday, May 2, 2022.

Due to an abnormally dry season and irrigation water usage exceeding supplies, the Stage 1 Declaration restricts lawn and landscape watering to a mandatory one-day watering schedule, as detailed below.

The watering days and hours depend on the last number of the home address:

  • Addresses ending in 0: Monday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 1: Friday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 2: Thursday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 3: Wednesday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 4: Sunday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 5: Saturday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 6: Thursday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 7: Wednesday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 8: Sunday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 9: Saturday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The following irrigation water use restrictions also take effect at midnight on May 2, 2022:

  • For properties or developments up to and including five acres in size that have an irrigation system that simultaneously irrigates multiple properties with different watering times including, but not limited to, duplexes, multi-family units, compound use, and mixed-use units, watering is allowed on Mondays from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • For properties or developments more than five acres in size that have an irrigation system that simultaneously irrigates multiple properties with different watering times including, but not limited to, multi-family, compound use, and mixed-use units, watering is allowed on Mondays from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Watering of new lawns and landscaping during a 45-day establishment period is permitted on any day of the week from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Hand watering is allowed at any time.

The City of Cape Coral will be increasing enforcement activity to address illegal watering.

The City began pumping from the Charlotte County Reservoir on Friday and is currently working on multiple irrigation supply improvements:

  • FGUA Interconnect Project    Complete Jan. 2020       730-2,190 Million Gallons (MG)/year (Supply)
  • Pine Island Rd Storage Tanks & Booster Station   Summer 2022        10 MG/day (Storage)
  • Canal Weir 29 & Yellow Fever Creek Project        Summer 2022     900 MG/year (Storage & Supply)
  • Caloosahatchee Connect Project                              Spring 2023      2,190-4,380 MG/year (Supply)
  • Southwest Aggregates Reservoir Project             Winter 2023     1,440 MG/year (Storage & Supply)

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