PALATKA, Fla., March 6, 2013 -- With springtime planting under way and dry conditions forecast for spring and summer in north and east-central Florida, year-round water conservation is one of the most important strategies to help meet Florida's water supply needs now and in the future.
Watering restrictions are in place throughout the year within the St. Johns River Water Management District's 18-county region to ensure the efficient use of water for lawn and landscape irrigation.
Coinciding with the return to daylight saving time on March 10, landscape irrigation is allowed up to two days a week before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Landscape irrigation is limited to the following days:
o Wednesday and Saturday for residential landscape irrigation at addresses that end in an odd number or have no address
o Thursday and Sunday for residential landscape irrigation at addresses that end in an even number
o Tuesday and Friday for nonresidential landscape irrigation
In addition, irrigation is limited to 3/4 inch of water per irrigation zone and to no more than one hour per irrigation zone on each day that irrigation occurs.
The restrictions apply to water withdrawn from ground or surface water, from a private well or pump, or from a public or private water utility. Some exceptions apply, such as the use of water from a reclaimed water supply, which is allowed any time except when a local government restricts the use of reclaimed water.
Landscape irrigation is limited to one day a week during Eastern Standard Time, which resumes the first Sunday in November.
Currently, rainfall averages across the region vary widely -- Volusia County is more than 11 inches below normal rainfall for the past 12 months, while Baker County is 12.5 inches above normal rainfall for the same period.
Regardless of temporary conditions, watering wisely year-round promotes healthier lawns and landscapes and can save thousands of gallons of water per month, as well as saving homeowners money.
To help homeowners save water, the District's online plant database provides a comprehensive and searchable listing of plants most suitable for a variety of growing conditions.
Inside the home, fixing leaks and replacing older high-water-use plumbing fixtures with newer water-saving ones can save significant amounts of water.
The District also focuses on year-round conservation by requiring all permit holders to use water efficiently, encouraging the use of reclaimed water and storm water to conserve potable water.
Additional details about the watering restrictions are available at floridaswater.com/wateringrestrictions.