Daylight Saving Time began on March 13, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District is reminding residents to check the timers on their irrigation system controllers.
Now is a good time to make sure irrigation system timers are set correctly, to ensure that the systems operate consistently with year-round water conservation measures, according to a news release.
All 16 counties throughout the district’s boundaries are currently on year-round water conservation measures, with lawn watering limited to twice per week, unless your city or county has a different schedule or stricter hours.
Local governments maintaining once-per-week watering by local ordinance include Citrus, Hernando, southern Hillsborough, Pasco and Sarasota counties.
Residents are urged not to water just because it’s ‘your day’ to do so, and should know and follow the local water restrictions.
A lawns should be irrigated when it shows signs of stress from lack of water.
Look for these signs:
- Grass blades are folded in half lengthwise on at least one-third of the yard
- Grass blades appear blue-gray in color
- Grass blades do not spring back, leaving footprints on the lawn for several minutes after someone walks on it
For additional information about water conservation, visit the district’s website at WaterMatters.org/Conservation.
Published March 13, 2022
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