Alachua County has implemented new irrigation rules that limit landscape irrigation to one day a week. The rules went into affect on November 1.
“Landscape irrigation can account for almost 60% of residential water use,” said Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Water Resources Program Manager Stacie Greco in a news release. “Eliminating or reducing your irrigation helps to conserve the precious groundwater supply we depend upon that also provides water to our springs, lakes, and rivers.”
In the cooler months of the year, watering and irrigation is limited because many plants go dormant in colder weather. These new rules do not include watering with a hand-held hose with a spray nozzle, nor do they include watering for a vegetable garden or fruit trees.
According to Alachua County’s website, here is the schedule for watering yards:
- Saturday at addresses that end in an odd number or that have no house address
- Sunday at addresses ending in an even number
- Tuesday for nonresidential landscape irrigation (including residential common areas)
- No irrigation is allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (as this is when evaporation is the greatest)