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April 1, 2014

New lawn and landscape irrigation measures are in effect

Live Oak — New year-round lawn and landscape irrigation measures went into effect on March 24 for homeowners within the Suwannee River Water Management District’s 15-county region.

The measures limit irrigation to two days per week during Daylight Saving Time and once weekly during Standard Time, and designate specific days to irrigate. Additionally, irrigation should not occur between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Residents may irrigate based on their address. During Daylight Saving Time, residents with even numbered addresses may water on Thursday and Sunday; residents with odd numbered addresses or no addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday; and nonresidential properties may water on Tuesday and Friday. During Eastern Standard Time, residents with even numbered addresses may water on Sunday; residents with odd numbered addresses or no addresses may water on Saturday; and nonresidential properties may water on Tuesday.

An even numbered address means an address ending in the numbers 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 or letters A-M. An odd numbered address means an address ending in the numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 or the letters N-Z.

The irrigation measures apply to residential landscaping; public, commercial, and industrial property; hotels and motels; and public medians. They also apply to those who receive water from utilities, private wells, or surface water. However, they do not apply to users of reclaimed water.

Homeowners are also encouraged to irrigate only when necessary, to use Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles, and skip irrigation days when it rains.

The new year-round lawn and landscape irrigation measures are part of a statewide consistency effort among the state’s five water management districts.

For more information on the new lawn and landscape irrigation measures, contact Carree Olshansky, Water Conservation Specialist, at 386.362.1001 or cro@srwmd.org, or visit www.mysuwanneeriver.com/waterconservation.

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