TITUSVILLE, FL - (November 1, 2010) – For many people, November marks the beginning of the holiday season. It also marks the start of Eastern Standard Time, when we all turn our clocks back one hour. What you may not know, is that it also marks a change in your irrigation schedule.
On November 7 when you turn your clocks back one hour, you also need to turn your irrigation controllers back one day. Irrigation is reduced from twice a week to just once a week. During Eastern Standard Time irrigation for homes with even numbered addresses is allowed on Sunday. Irrigation for homes with odd numbered addresses is allowed on Saturday. Businesses reduce their irrigation to Tuesday only.
“Although Titusville’s water customers are very water-conscious, people tend to set their irrigation controllers and then forget them,” explained Raynetta Curry Grant, Titusville’s Water Resources Director. “It’s always easier to remember something if you can combine something else with it. So it helps people to remember the change in the irrigation schedule by tying it to the change in time. In the fall you turn your clock back one hour and you reduce your irrigation by one day. In the spring when we gain an hour, you will also gain an irrigation day.”
According to Maureen Phillips, Water Resources’ Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager, plants and grasses go dormant in the winter, so they need less irrigation. “Although our fall and winter is not as dramatic as up North, we do have seasonal changes,” explained Phillips. “Going to once-a-week irrigation helps to keep us much more in tune with the environment during this time of year. Why waste water by irrigating when plants really need a dormant period? When we water and fertilize out of sync with nature, we have plants that are putting out new growth and shallow roots, which leads to more damage in a freeze.”
Titusville’s irrigation restrictions apply to reclaimed water, well water and city (potable) water. 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 Department’s Conservation Program pages on Titusville’s website, www.titusville.com.