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Landscape Irrigation Restrictions

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In order to protect and conserve crucial groundwater resources in aquifers for residents during the remainder of the dry season, the South Florida Water Management District issued mandatory water restrictions in all of Lee County in consultation with Lee County officials. Residents are required to only irrigate once a week, and there are irrigation limitations for nurseries, golf courses, agriculture, and recreational users.

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  1. All wasteful and unnecessary water use is prohibited.

  2. Even-numbered addresses (based on the last number of the address), locations with irrigation systems that irrigate both even and odd-numbered addresses within the same zones, such as multi- family units and homeowners’ associations, and rights-of-way or other locations with no address, may only irrigate on Sundays.

  3. Odd-numbered addresses (based on the last number of the address) may only irrigate on Wednesdays.

  4. All landscape irrigation is prohibited between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM to reduce evaporation.

  5. Use of 100% reclaimed water are not restricted. However, your reclaimed water providers may have local restrictions in place. Please check with your water provider for more information.

  6. Low volume irrigation, i.e., drip irrigation and microjet irrigation, must be reduced.

  7. Hand watering using a self-canceling nozzle is allowed anytime for no more than 10 minutes a day.

  8. Irrigation of landscaping which have been in place for less than 30 days, is:

    • Restricted to the hours of 4:00 AM to 9:00 AM, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday for less than 5 irrigated acres.

    • Restricted to the hours of 12:00 AM to 9:00 AM, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday for equal to or more than 5 irrigated acres.

  9. Water use for cleaning, adjusting, or repairing irrigation systems is:

    • Restricted to 10 minutes per zone, per week, for existing irrigation.

    • Restricted to 10 minutes per zone on a one-time basis, for new irrigation systems.

     

    For questions & comments, the South Florida Management District may be reached directly at:

 

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