On November 1, Alachua County implemented new irrigation rules, limiting landscape irrigation to one day a week for each household.
According to Alachua County’s website, here is the schedule for watering yards:
- Saturday at addresses that end in an odd number or that have no house address
- Sunday at addresses ending in an even number
- Tuesday for nonresidential landscape irrigation (including residential common areas)
- No irrigation is allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (as this is when evaporation is the greatest)
Watering is limited starting in November because many plants go dormant in colder weather. These new rules do not include watering with a hand-held hose, nor do they include watering for a garden.
“Landscape irrigation can account for almost 60% of residential water use,” said Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Water Resources Program Manager Stacie Greco in a news release. “Eliminating or reducing your irrigation helps to conserve the precious groundwater supply we depend upon that also provides water to our springs, lakes, and rivers.”