By Teresa Monson
Reset your sprinklers when you reset your clocks to mark the end of daylight saving time at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. The change coincides with a shift in watering restrictions across the St. Johns River Water Management District, designed to ensure the efficient use of water for landscape irrigation.
“Our lawns and landscape account for half of residential water use, which means a tremendous savings can be realized when we look outside our homes,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Water conservation is crucial as it plays a significant role in determining future water supply needs.”
Beginning Nov. 6 through the first Sunday in March, landscape irrigation is allowed on one designated day each week before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
- Saturday for residential landscape irrigation at addresses that end in odd numbers or have no address;
- Sunday for residential landscape irrigation at addresses that end in even numbers; and
- Tuesday for non-residential landscape irrigation.
While about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered, only about 1 percent is readily available for public use, agriculture, plants and animals. Water conservation is an important part of ensuring the sustainability of Florida’s water supply; watering restrictions, expanded use of reclaimed water and the use of water-efficient appliances are ways the district works to encourage conservation.
Visit www.sjrwmd.com/wateringrestrictions for more details about watering restrictions,
Photo courtesy St. Johns River Water Management District
Watering restrictions specify what days residents can water lawns and landscapes.