Get Up to Date on Alachua County’s New Irrigation Rules

By Amanda Roland
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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.”

Visit or the water resource page for more information!


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