With warmer weather and springtime planting under way, it is important to remember that water conservation is one of the most important strategies to help meet Florida’s water supply needs now and in the future, says the St. Johns River Water Management District.
Watering restrictions are in place throughout the year within the district’s 18-county region, including Baker County, to ensure the efficient use of water for lawn and landscape irrigation.
Coinciding with the return to daylight saving time on March 9, landscape irrigation is allowed up to two days a week before 10 am or after 4 pm.
Landscape irrigation is limited to the following days:
• Wednesday and Saturday for residential landscape irrigation at addresses that end in an odd number or have no address.
• Thursday and Sunday for residential landscape irrigation at addresses that end in an even number.
• 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The restrictions apply to water withdrawn from ground or surface water, from a private well, or from a public or private water utility. Some exceptions apply, such as the use of water from a reclaimed water supply, which is allowed anytime 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 November 2.
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