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Posted on: November 9, 2023

SRWMD encourages residents to fall back for water conservation

LIVE OAK, FLA., NOVEMBER 9, 2023 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) reminds residents to shift landscape irrigation scheduling to one day per week following this past weekend’s time change. The fall watering schedule will remain in effect until March 10, 2024. 

Cooler temperatures and shorter days call for less watering during the winter months due to slower growth and less evaporation. Setting irrigation schedules helps ensure efficient water use and water conservation. 

Additionally, November is historically the driest month of the year. 

“Conserving water is an important part of the District’s mission, and irrigation scheduling is one way that we can all contribute to that goal,” said Hugh Thomas, executive director of the District. “The changing seasons result in colder and drier times, so much less water is required to preserve the health of our landscaping.” 

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

  • No irrigation between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • No more than ¾ inch of water 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)
  • 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. 

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. Headquartered in Live Oak, Florida, the District serves 15 surrounding north-central Florida counties. 

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