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Posted on: November 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Fall Back for Water Conservation

Irrigate your landscape twice per week when springing forward and once per week when falling back.

LIVE OAK, FLA., Nov. 9, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) reminds residents to shift landscape watering to once per week to correspond with the time change. The fall watering schedule will remain in effect until March 14, 2021.

Cooler temperatures and shorter days call for less watering in the winter due to slower growth and less evaporation. Irrigation schedules ensure efficient water use and water conservation. Additionally, November is historically the driest month of the year which occurs with the slower growing season, lunar changes and cooler temperatures.

“The changing seasons result in drier times that require much less water to preserve the health of plants within the region,” said Hugh Thomas, executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District. “Irrigation scheduling is one way that we can all contribute to conserving water and protecting our water resources.”

The watering schedule applies to residential landscaping; public, commercial, and industrial property; hotels and motels; and public medians. Key guidelines include:

  • Irrigation should not occur between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;
  • No more than ¾ inch of water or the depth of a five-ounce tuna can, may be applied per irrigation zone per day;
  • Water no more than one hour per irrigation zone;
  • Odd numbered or no address locations are permitted to water on Saturdays (Address ending in the numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 or the letters N-Z);
  • Even numbered address locations are permitted to water on Sundays (Address ending in the numbers 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 or letters A-M); and
  • Non-residential properties are permitted to water on Tuesdays.

Businesses and residents are encouraged to use Florida-Friendly Landscape principles and skip watering when it rains close to a scheduled irrigation day. Agricultural and other large irrigation uses maintain year-round guidelines through the District’s water use permitting program. More information on year-round lawn and landscape irrigation measures can be found on the District website at

The mission of the Suwannee River Water Management District is to protect and manage water resources using science-based solutions to support natural systems and the needs of the public. The District holds true to the belief of water for nature, water for people. Headquartered in Live Oak, Florida, the District serves 15 surrounding north-central Florida counties. 

For more information about the District, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, search @SRWMD.


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