Watering Restrictions

Water Resources
Watering Lawn 3600 W. Sovereign Path
Suite 202
Lecanto, Fl. 34461

Office: (352) 527-7669
Fax: (352) 527-5429
waterconservation@citrusbocc.com

 

 


One day Per Week Water Restrictions Extended through October 1, 2017


Phase 3 Water Shortage Order Declared

Lawn Watering Days and Times
  • Lawn watering is limited to a once-per-week as detailed below. Allowable watering hours are before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., regardless of property size.
  • Lawn watering days and times are as follows:
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    Addresses with "house numbers" ... May only irrigate on ...
    Ending in 0 or 1 Monday
    Ending in 2 or 3 Tuesday
    Ending in 4 or 5 Wednesday
    Ending in 6 or 7 Thursday
    Ending in 8 or 9 Friday
    Rights-of-way, common areas and other "no address" locations Friday
  • Landscape Watering
    • Hand watering and micro-irrigation of flower beds, shrubs and other plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day at any time, if needed.
  • Deed Restrictions & Community Standards Enforcement
    • Homeowners associations and other entities must suspend any requirement to replace lawns, pressure wash or engage in other activity that increases water use during this water shortage declaration.
  • Water Utilities and Other Local Enforcement Agencies
    • Enforce restrictions and provide a monthly enforcement report.
    • Use automatic meter reading or weekly night patrols to monitor compliance with restrictions.
    • Issue citations without needing to have first issued a warning.
Irrigation System Testing

Proper irrigation system maintenance conserves water by minimizing waste. This is why the District prohibits the operation of a broken sprinkler head or other malfunctioning component after the responsible party has been notified about the problem by the District, water utility or local government (reference: Chapter 40D-22.201(2)(e), Florida Administrative Code).

Maintenance is not limited to fixing broken, missing or misaligned irrigation system components. It should also include proactively testing a system to identify problems, verify proper operation of a rain or moisture sensor, and make seasonal adjustments to the irrigation schedule.

There are important water use allowances for testing and maintenance:

  • Irrigation Systems may be operated during otherwise restricted days or times (in other words, and day and any time) for testing and repair purposes.
  • Routine, proactive testing may be done up to once a week.
  • The run-time for any one test in any one irrigation zone may not exceed 10 minutes.
  • An attendant must be on-site when the testing is taking place. This generally means that the attendant is visible from the nearest road or other public property. If the attendant is not clearly visible, an irrigation professional's commercial vehicle or other means (such as temporary marker "flags") should be used to alert passers-by of the ongoing activity.
    New Lawns & Plants
    • New Plant Material may qualify for additional watering allowances, if it consists of at least 50 percent of an irrigated zone. ONLY zones that have more than fifty percent new plant material are allowed additional watering via an irrigation system.  Citrus County suggests that you Call Before You Install new plant material. Citrus County Water Resources will conduct a site visit and explain your options. To learn if your new plantings qualify for additional watering, please call (352) 527-7669 or email waterconservation@citrusbocc.com.
    • Qualifying New Plant Material Watering Allowance:
      • New lawns and plants have a 30-30 establishment period, which allows any day watering during the first 30 days, before 8:00 AM or after 6:00 PM.
      • During the second 30 days, watering is allowed three days per week
        • Even addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and/or Sunday, if needed
        • Odd addresses may water Monday, Wednesday and/or Saturday, if needed
      • Over seeding an existing lawn to improve its appearance, DOES NOT QUALIFY for the additional watering allowance. Spreading rye seed is an example of over seeding that does not qualify.
    Reclaimed Water
    • Reclaimed water remains subject to voluntary watering hours, unless restricted by the local government or utility.
    Fountains, Car Washing and Pressure Washing

    Car Washing

  • Car washing is limited to once-per-week on the designated watering day for the location.
  • Commercial car washes, including mobile detailing businesses, may still operate on any day.
  • Emergency and other first repsonder vehicles may still be washed on any day as needed.
  • Fundraising events are prohibited unless they were scheduled prior to enactment of this order.
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    Pressure Washing

  • Pressure washing is allowed once a year and for necessary purposes, such as prior to painting or sealing, in order to maintain a paint or material warranty, to address a health or safety hazard and to comply with health laws.
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    Fountains

  • Fountains and other aesthetic water features may only operate eight hours per day. The regular hours of operation can be selected by the owner, but must be posted (see fact sheet for list of exemptions, such as water features that also provide aerification to koi ponds).
    Water Utilities
    • Water utilities and their local governments are expected to review and revise water restriction enforcement procedures, submit monthly enforcement reporting and communicate with customers about water restrictions and water conservation.

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