Water Conservation

Effective Sunday, November 1, 2020:

Mandatory Restrictions

The mandatory water use restrictions apply to everyone, regardless of whether the water comes from a private well, surface water, or a private or public utility. The rule applies to homeowners and businesses, anyone who uses water outdoors.

Daylight Saving Time Restrictions

Please be advised of the following:

  • These restrictions begin the 2nd Sunday of March until the 1st Sunday in November.
  • Landscape irrigation is restricted to a maximum of two days per week.
  • Irrigation may not occur between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm for any reason.
  • Locations receiving irrigation twice a week from a common community system may not exceed the "two-day-per-week" rule.
  • Addresses ending in odd numbers: Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Addresses ending in even numbers: Thursday and Sunday.
  • Non-residential locations: Tuesday and Friday.
  • Irrigation may occur only once during the scheduled watering days and no single zone may run in excess of one hour.
  • Hand watering is permitted anytime provided that the hose is equipped with an automatic shut-off device (when you let go, the flow stops).
  • Portable sprinklers, soaker hoses or low-volume sprinklers are not permitted unless equipped with a timing device that automatically shuts off the flow of water. These devices are also restricted to use during the above days and times.
  • Irrigation of new landscaping is permitted every day for the first 30 days (except between 10 am and 4 pm), if necessary due to the lack of rainfall. Only those zones with substantial new landscape material may be watered daily (minimum amount necessary). Small areas of new foliage or sod must be hand-watered. Call or email below Water Conservation Officer to grant extra watering for new sod.
  • Systems must be maintained in the most conservative fashion avoiding overspray and runoff onto streets, driveways, walkways and other non-irrigated areas.
  • Fines are $50, $250 and $500 respectively and the possibility of disconnection of irrigation water service for ongoing violations; Code Enforcement hearings where fines can accrue daily and/or a lien placed on your property.
  • Lawn pest or fertilizer applications by companies require a dated yard marker and watering, when required, may only occur within 24 hours of such application. Applications by residents must comply with the above watering schedule.
  • It is no longer permissible to install 100% non-drought tolerant turf (St. Augustine). Properties that had drought tolerant turf in the rear yard must maintain that mix.

The following subdivisions only will follow the schedule below:

Summit Greens, Southern Fields & Regency Hills

  • Addresses ending in odd numbers - Monday and Thursday
  • Addresses ending in even numbers - Tuesday and Friday

Eastern Standard Time Restrictions

Please be advised of the following:

  • These restrictions begin the 1st Sunday in November (Eastern Standard Time)
  • Watering is allowed only 1 day per week and may not occur between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm for any reason.
  • Irrigation of existing landscaping with odd numbered addresses is allowed on Saturday only.
  • Irrigation of existing landscaping with even numbered addresses is allowed on Sunday only.
  • Irrigation may occur only once during the scheduled watering day and no single zone may run in excess of one hour.
  • Hand watering is permitted anytime provided that the hose is equipped with an automatic shut-off device (when you let go, the flow stops).
  • Portable sprinklers, soaker hoses or low-volume sprinklers are not permitted unless equipped with a timing device that automatically shuts off the flow of water. These devices are also restricted to use during the above days and times.
  • Irrigation of new landscaping is permitted every day for the first 30 days (except between 10 am and 4 pm), if necessary due to the lack of rainfall. Only those zones with substantial new landscape material may be watered daily (minimum amount necessary). Small areas of new foliage or sod must be hand-watered. Call or email below Water Conservation Officer to grant extra watering for new sod.
  • Systems must be maintained in the most conservative fashion avoiding overspray and runoff onto streets, driveways, walkways and other non-irrigated areas.
  • Fines are $50, $250 and $500 respectively and the possibility of disconnection of irrigation water service for ongoing violations; Code Enforcement hearings where fines can accrue daily and/or a lien placed on your property.
  • Lawn pest or fertilizer applications by companies require a dated yard marker and watering, when required, may only occur within 24 hours of such application. Applications by residents must comply with the above watering schedule.
  • It is no longer permissible to install 100% non-drought tolerant turf (St. Augustine). Properties that had drought tolerant turf in the rear yard must maintain that mix.

The following subdivisions only will follow the schedule below:

Summit Greens

  • Addresses ending in odd numbers - Monday
  • Addresses ending in even numbers - Tuesday

Southern Fields & Regency Hills

  • Addresses ending in odd numbers - Thursday
  • Addresses ending in even numbers - Friday

Non-residential irrigation is permitted on Tuesday only (HOA and Commercial).

Tips

  • Rain sensors are required on ALL irrigation systems and should be set to ½" with the vents closed. Properly calibrated and functioning sensors will not only save water…they save money!
  • Change the back-up battery in your controller annually. A weak or bad battery can cause your system program to jump settings during a power failure or surge.
  • Make it a habit to periodically check the setting in your controller to make sure they comply with the mandatory restrictions. This could prevent you from receiving a violation and/or fine.

These restrictions are permanent in the 18 county region governed by St. Johns River Water Management District and will change back to 2-days-per-week watering the 2nd Sunday of March (Daylight Savings Time). Saving Water Starts with You!! If you have any questions, please call Public Services Department at 352-241-0178.