From the Saint John River water management district
Beginning Sunday, November 7, homeowners and businesses in the 18 counties of the St. Johns River Water Management District are expected to reset their automatic sprinkler systems to water only once a week. When you “step back” – by moving your clocks back an hour – it’s also time to change your irrigation system’s timer to water your lawn only on the designated watering day.
“Research shows that during Florida’s cooler months, grass and plants don’t need as much water to be healthy. . “When you wind your clocks on Saturday night, be sure to also reset your automatic timers to only water on the designated day for your address.”
Public water supply is the largest category of water use in the 18-county area of the district – about 565.5 million gallons of water per day. Most of this water is for residential use, and many people don’t realize that more than half of total residential water use is used outdoors if the home has a water system. automatic irrigation. Efficient and properly timed irrigation systems can save up to half of this outdoor water consumption.
Because lawns need much less water during the Florida winter months, watering restrictions are in place to ensure that the water used for irrigation is used efficiently.
During Eastern Standard Time (early November to mid-March), landscape irrigation is limited to a maximum of one day per week according to the following schedule:
- Saturday to addresses that end in an odd number or have no address
- Sunday at addresses that end in an even number
- Tuesday at non-residential addresses
- No watering is allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The District’s 2021-2022 Water Less campaign aims to raise awareness about water conservation and communicate simple ways to integrate outdoor water conservation into the daily lives of Floridians. The year-round campaign features seasonal messages, starting with “Fall Back” in November to encourage watering no more than once a week when temperatures start to cool.
More information and water saving tips can be found at www.WaterLessFlorida.com. To find out how your neighbors in the district are saving water, visit our Water Less Heroes series here.
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Saint John River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and state of florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida that manage the state’s groundwater and surface water supply. The district encompasses all or part of 18 counties in northeastern and east-central Florida. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff are also available to serve the public at the Jacksonville and Palm Bay service centers. Connect on Twitter at @SJRWMD, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. For more information about the district, please visit www.sjrwmd.com.