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Know When to Irrigate
TITUSVILLE, FL - (March 9, 2015) – Did you know that every time we change from Eastern Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time (and vice versa), we also change our irrigation schedules? Surprisingly, most people do not.
The irrigation schedules are part of the water restrictions that apply to all properties in the St. Johns River Water Management District, unless specifically exempted. During Daylight Saving Time, March 8 through October 31, irrigation is allowed no more than twice a week. Homes with even numbered addresses can irrigate on Thursdays and Sundays. Homes with odd-numbered addresses can irrigate on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Businesses can irrigate on Tuesdays and Fridays.
According to Maureen Phillips, City of Titusville Water Resources’ Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager, “In Titusville you are required to follow the irrigation restrictions whether you use well water, city water, or reclaimed water because we believe all water should be used efficiently.” The restrictions limit irrigation on watering days to before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
Landscape irrigation is the largest growing sector of water use Phillips said. “Most people think the answer to all lawn problems is to add water,” Phillips added. “What they don’t realize is that over-irrigating their lawns leads to an unhealthy lawn. Too much water promotes shallow root systems, can leach nutrients from the soil, and can cause fungal growth. The weakened turf is then more susceptible to pests.”
Titusville residents can learn more about the irrigation restrictions and how to create an attractive water-saving yard by contacting the Titusville Conservation Office at 321-383-5669 or by visiting the Water Resources Department’s Conservation Program pages at www.titusville.com.