With the end of daylight saving time (Nov. 5), the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFMD) is encouraging residents to check the timers on their irrigation system controllers.
The time change (clocks fell back one hour) is a good reminder to make sure irrigation system timers are set correctly to ensure that the system operates consistently with year-round water conservation measures.
All 16 counties throughout SWFMD’s boundaries are 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, Pasco and Sarasota counties, and the cities of Dunedin and Venice.
Irrigation in Pasco County is day and time specific. For additional information regarding specific watering days, times and settings, visit bit.ly/PascoWatering.
Do not water your lawn just because it’s your day, but residents should know and follow local watering restrictions. The water management district suggests residents should irrigate their lawn when it shows these signs of stress:
- Grass blades are folded in half lengthwise on at least one-third of your yard
- Grass blades appear blue-gray in color
- Grass blades do not spring back, leaving footprints on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it
For more irrigation and water-saving tips, visit WaterMatters.org/Water101.
Published November 08, 2023