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New Water Enforcement Team’s on Lookout for Irrigation Violations

Oct 24, 2011

OUC’s new Water Enforcement Team is hitting the streets of Orlando to help make customers aware of the St. Johns River Water Management District landscape irrigation guidelines. With the end of Daylight Saving Time on November 6, watering will be allowed only one day a week until the second Sunday in March.

The patrollers are on the lookout for residences and businesses that are watering on the wrong day or at the wrong time. When they spot a violation, they’ll leave a notice at the property with informational material and an offer to set up a courtesy appointment to reset the irrigation timer.

With irrigation accounting for more than half of Central Florida’s total water consumption, helping customers reprogram their timers is an effective way to greatly reduce their water consumption and monthly water costs.

 
Time of Year Odd Numbered or No Addresses Even Numbered Addresses Nonresidential Properties
Daylight Saving Time (DST) Wednesday and Saturday Thursday and Sunday Tuesday and Friday
Eastern Standard Time (EST) Saturday Sunday Tuesday

  • Daylight Saving Time: Second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November
  • Eastern Standard Time: First Sunday in November until the second Sunday in March
  • Water only when needed and not between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Water for no more than one hour per zone.
  • Restrictions apply to private wells and pumps, ground or surface water and water from public and private utilities.
  • If you have planted a section of new grass or plants, that area may be watered every day for the first 30 days and every other day for the next 30 days as needed, after which you should return to the regular watering schedule. Remember, only the new plants and grass may be watered every day.
  • If you need to run a test of your irrigation system, you may run the system at anytime for 20 minutes per zone.