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Winter Irrigation Schedule
Set Your Clock, Set Your Irrigation Controller
TITUSVILLE, FL - (November 2, 2011) – Do you water your lawn the same way in the winter as you do in the summer? If so, you could end up paying a fine. What’s more, you are wasting water.
Titusville’s irrigation schedule is tied to setting our clocks forward in the spring or backward in the fall. This Sunday, when clocks are turned back one hour as we observe Eastern Standard Time, irrigation is reduced to one day. In the spring when clocks are turned forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time, irrigation is increased to twice a week. Irrigation restrictions apply to outside irrigation regardless of whether you use well water, reclaimed water or city (drinking) water. The restrictions apply to both residential and commercial properties.
During Eastern Standard Time (November 6 through March 10), residential properties irrigate according to their street address. Odd numbered residential addresses may irrigate on Saturday. Even numbered residential addresses may irrigate on Sunday. Commercial & Non-residential properties may only irrigate on Tuesday.
When asked why irrigation is reduced during the winter dry season,Maureen Phillips, Water Resources’ Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager, explained that plants and grasses normally go dormant in the winter as a result of reduced sunlight, cooler temperatures and reduced rainfall. This phase of inactivity gives plants a much-needed rest from Central Florida’s long growth period. Watering and fertilizing out of sync with nature, disturbs the normal growth cycle. The plant puts out new growth when it should be dormant, which can stress the plant making it more susceptible to disease and cause extensive damage to the plant in a freeze.
For more information about the irrigation restrictions or if you want to know more about Florida-Friendly landscaping, just contact the Titusville Conservation Office at 321-383-5669 or visit the Water Resources Conservation Program’s pages at www.titusville.com.