Who enforces the restrictions?
Violation of the water shortage order is a second-degree misdemeanor (Chapter 40B-21, F.A.C. and Section 373, Florida Statutes) punishable by 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. City and county officials and local law enforcement agencies are authorized and required to enforce the order. The District encourages conservation education first. As a last resort the District will refer violations to local law enforcement for appropriate response. If a city or county has its own irrigation ordinance, violations may be subject to associated penalties.

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1. Why was the water shortage order lifted in some counties but not others?
2. We’ve received a lot of rain lately. Do we still need restrictions?
3. My water comes from my private well. Do the water restrictions apply to me?
4. If our groundwater is going to Jacksonville, why do I have to follow restrictions when people living there do not?
5. How can I tell which water management district I live in?
6. I see farmers watering fields at all hours, for long periods of time. Don’t they have restrictions?
7. Who enforces the restrictions?
8. How do I report a violation?
9. My home owners association (HOA) requires that all lawns be kept lush and green or residents will be fined. If I comply with the water shortage order and my lawn turns brown or dies, can the HOA issue