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Water Restrictions Reminder

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 http://www.watermatters.org

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 www.watermatters.org 




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