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The Dry Season is Upon Us

Central Florida including the City of Lakeland is officially in the annual dry season.  So this is a good time to remind residents of the mandatory year round water conservation measures.  If everyone does their part there will be an adequate supply of potable water for many years to come.  The topics covered below address the most common questions received by Water Utilities it is not an all inclusive list.

Current Water Restrictions

This document was prepared to address the most commonly asked questions concerning the current Year Round Water Conservation Measures issued by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). For a complete copy of Rule 40D-22 covering other items not presented by this document please go to

These restrictions apply to the use of water from public and private water utilities as well as the use of all wells and surface water sources (lakes, ponds, rivers, etc).

Lawn (Turf, Sod or Grass) & Landscape (Garden Plants) Watering

  • The two day a week schedule below must be followed.
  • Watering is allowed before 10 am or after 4 pm (But not both).
  • Variances are available, through the Southwest Florida Water
  • Management District, if a property proposes an alternate irrigation plan (such as splitting a large property into two pieces and assigning a different day to each piece).
  • Hand watering (with automatic shut-off device) or micro-irrigation of non-lawn landscaping is not currently restricted by day or times.
  • Spot treatment by hand watering of affected sod is allowed any day.
  • These restrictions apply to private residences and to commercial landscape.

    Addresses Ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 may only irrigate on Thursday and/or Sunday

    Addresses Ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 may only irrigate on Wednesday and/or Saturday

    All locations without a discernible address (such as common areas and subdivision entry ways) may only irrigate on Tuesday and/or Friday
The two day a week schedule below must be followed.
New Plant Material

Watering out of cycle is allowed for new plant material.

  • New material may be watered out of cycle for up to 60 days for establishment (Keep a receipt for proof of new material, before and after pictures are also helpful).  Here are the guidelines:
    Days 1 through 30 Watering is allowed on Any Day

    Days 31 through 60 Watering is only allowed on the following days:

    Addresses Ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 are allowed to water Tuesday, Thursday and/or Sunday

    Addresses Ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 are allowed to water Monday, Wednesday and/or Saturday
  • A minimum of 50% the area being water must contain new plants or sod
  • New plant material may be watered in any time on the day of planting
  • Restricted times outlined above must be followed
Fertilizer & Pesticide Applications:

Watering in of pesticides and fertilizers as required by the manufacturer of the product is allowed on any day.  Signs must be posted on the lawn and the date of the application must be written clearly on the back of the sign.  These applications are not restricted to the appointed irrigation day.

Sprinkler System Maintenance:

Sprinkler systems may be run a maximum of ten minutes per zone to perform maintenance on the system.  Each zone must be attended through the entire run time.  Sprinkler maintenance is not restricted to the appointed irrigation day.

Car Washing:

Automobile washing is not currently restricted.  However, the District asks that residents be as efficient as possible, so water isn’t wasted.  Using an automatic shut-off nozzle on a hose is required.

Fountains & Falls

Runtime of fountains and falls is currently not restricted. 

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is not currently restricted.  However, the District asks that residents be as efficient as possible.

More detailed water restriction information is available at 


WHO:  Lakeland Electric, in partnership with SunEdison

WHAT: Ribbon cutting ceremony of Lakeland’s new 40 Acre Solar Farm, expected to generate more than 217 Million kWh of energy over the next 25 years.  Help us celebrate as we flip the switch and have the system go live.

WHEN: Friday, January 20, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, 4250 Hamilton Road

Lakeland Electric recently completed the first phase of a 5.5 megawatt (MW) solar farm located on the northwest corner of the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport property.  The second phase of the project is slated to begin spring 2012 and once the dual-phased solar farm is completed, it is expected to generate more than 216 million kilowatt hours of clean solar energy over 25 years.  

The first phase of the project is built on 40 acres and it includes 9,504 solar panels that will produce more than 9 million kWh of solar electricity per year. The solar farm project generated over 40 local construction jobs that contributed to the vitality of the community during a time of economic downturn. A number of the temporary construction employees hired have been retained as full-time.

"Lakeland Electric is very excited about this project because environmental stewardship and renewable energy options are keys to our success as a utility. It is vital that every utility consider carefully how to meet customers' increasing needs for electricity and do it in a way that is fiscally and environmentally prudent. Deploying utility-scale solar with no upfront costs is a win-win for Lakeland.” noted Jim Stanfield, General Manager for Lakeland Electric.

The 5.5 MW solar farm was made possible through a strategic solar power service agreement between SunEdison and Lakeland Electric. In the agreement SunEdison will finance and deploy the solar farm with no upfront costs from Lakeland Electric. In return, Lakeland Electric will purchase the power produced at long-term predictable rates for 25 years—adding to Lakeland’s energy mix while helping to improve the environment.

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The Lakeland Center Throws a Surprise Wedding

One Lucky Couple Will Win a Wedding and Reception
Valued at over $10,000


LAKELAND, FL The Lakeland Center, the county’s largest convention, entertainment and catering destination has teamed up with more than 11 local vendors to provide one lucky couple with a dream wedding and reception valued at $10,0000 in “The Lakeland Center Throws a Surprise Wedding” contest. New for 2012, the “Surprise” element offers a unique twist where the couple will leave all the planning, decorating and event coordination to the Lakeland Center’s talented staff. The couple will not see the final result until a special unveiling on their wedding day September 15th.  Couples can enter the contest by posting a short video featuring both the bride and groom on The Lakeland Center Facebook page beginning January 9, 2012 through February 14, 2012. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity and romantic expression.


The grand prize package includes a bridal gown provided by Jannabelle’s Bridal, invitations by Stationery Loft and wedding rings by Gaines Jewelers. The lucky bride and groom will enjoy a complete wedding and reception at The Lakeland Center sponsored by their official catering partner OVATIONS including decor by Party People Celebration Company, linens by Marilyn’s Linen and Weddings, floral arrangements by the Flower Cart and a wedding cake by It’s A Piece of Cake by Maggi. The bride and groom will be pampered with a wedding make-over by Montalvo’s Hair Salon, DayDreams Day Spa and Mary Kay Cosmetics. In addition to the wedding day festivities, a family rehearsal dinner will be provided by La Porta Rossa and a wedding night suite at the Hyatt Place Hotel. The contest is also being sponsored by 97 Country WPCV.


To enter, couples will need to post up to a three minute video to the Lakeland Center Facebook Fan page, explaining why they should win the grand prize. Deadline to post video is February 14, 2012 at 5:00pm and only one video per couple will be accepted – duplicates will be eliminated from the contest. All videos will be reviewed by a panel of judges and 6 finalists will be selected from the entries. Public voting for the top 6 finalists will begin February 24 and run through March 8th. The finalist video with the most votes during this period will be awarded points toward the final selection process. The Grand prize winner will be announced on WPCV 97 Country on the morning of March 9, 2012. 

The Lakeland Center offers a full variety of sporting events, concerts and shows. Located minutes between Orlando and Tampa in Lakeland, Florida off I-4 on Lime Street, The Lakeland Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm. For ticket and contest information, call the Box Office at (863)834-8111 or visit our website at can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet, by phone 800-745-3000 or visit