Watering Restrictions Set at One Day Per Week with the Change to Standard Time | Environment

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Watering Restrictions Set at One Day Per Week with the Change to Standard Time

The City of Jacksonville Environmental & Compliance Department reminds Duval County residents that as they set their clocks back one hour on Sunday, Nov. 7 for Eastern Standard Time, they should also reduce lawn and landscape irrigation to no more than one day per week.   

Designed to conserve Jacksonville’s water supply and reduce the amount of nutrients flowing into the St. Johns River, Chapter 366 of the city’s ordinance code limits watering to one day a week during Eastern Standard Time.  During this period of cooler weather, lawns and landscapes need less water to thrive.

Residential properties with an address that ends in an odd number or places without an address may water on Saturday and those addresses which end in an even number may water on Sunday.  Non-residential irrigation is only permitted on Tuesday.

Watering is allowed only before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. year-round.  Some exceptions to the restrictions apply such as using a hand-held irrigation tool, micro-irrigation systems, maintenance and repair or watering to establish new landscaping.  

Violators of the irrigation schedule and fertilizer ordinance requirements will be issued a warning ticket for the first observed offense with tickets for $50 and $250 for the second and third violations, respectively.  Violators may also be subject to other enforcement.

Lawn watering will resume to two designated days per week beginning March 13, 2011.  

To learn more about the restrictions, visit the City of Jacksonville Environmental and Compliance Department at www.coj.net key word search “irrigation” or visit the St. Johns River Water Management District at www.sjrwmd.com/wateringrestrictions.

Residents are also reminded that the University of Florida Extension program offers Florida-friendly landscaping programs and assistance.  The Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program provides educational outreach opportunities to homeowners, landscaping professionals, builders and developers on low maintenance and native plants and environmentally sustainable practices to enhance landscapes while reducing water consumption and saving money, time and energy.  To learn more or register, visit http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/ or call (904) 387-8850. 


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