The Villages Voice - August 2010

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District Lifts One Day Per Week Water Restrictions

by Staff

District Lifts One-Day-per-Week Water Restrictions

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board declared the water shortage officially over by voting to let the modified Phase II water shortage restrictions expire on June 30. The Villages returned to the District’s twice-per-week, year-round water conservation measures on July 1. 

 

The Governing Board voted to lift the restrictions in response to significant improvements in aquifer and river levels as a result of this winter’s above-average rainfall. However, the Board urged residents to continue the water conservation practices they’ve learned since the water shortage began in January 2007.

 

“I want to commend the residents of the region for really stepping up to the plate to conserve water over the past three years,” said Ronald E. Oakley, Governing Board chair. “But we want to remind them that just because they may be able to water two days per week, doesn’t mean they need to. We can’t afford to be wasteful.”

Twice-per-week watering allows residents additional flexibility for determining when to water. Residents are encouraged to "watch the weather, wait to water" during the summer months of June, July, August and September.

According to research by the University of Florida, an average of three-quarters of an inch of water every three to five days is enough to replenish grass during the summer. West-central Florida receives an average rainfall of 53 inches a year, and most of it falls between June and September. If your lawn is receiving enough water from rainfall, you can operate your irrigation system manually and wait to turn it on as needed. Research also shows that overwatering makes your lawn less drought-tolerant and can encourage pests and disease.

Some of the signs that a lawn needs water include a blue-gray appearance, blades folded in half lengthwise and footprints remaining on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it.

For more information on the new twice-per-week water restrictions, visit www.WaterMatters.org/restrictions/. Additional details on how you can conserve water, save money and maintain a healthy yard this summer are available by visiting www.WaterMatters.org/watchtheweather/.

District Year-Round Water Conservation Measures

 

  • Lawn watering is limited to twice per week before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
  • Irrigation schedules for residents living in The Villages’ Community Development Districts 1-8 vary by CDD. Visit www.thevillageswaterwisdom.com/cdd.html and refer to the table for specific schedules.
  • Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day and at any time.
  • New lawns and plants have a 30-30 establishment period, which allows any-day watering during the first 30 days. During the second 30 days, watering is allowed three days per week: even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; odd-numbered addresses may water on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
  • There are no restrictions on fountains, car washing and pressure washing. However, the District asks that residents be as efficient as possible, such as using a shut-off nozzle on their hose, so water isn’t wasted.