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New Water Shortage Orders Effective 3.26.2011

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) issued a new water shortage order which went into effect on Saturday, March 26.  Current restrictions are based on our region receiving only 45% of our regular precipitation levels.

Professionals in the horticulture industry are affected by these restrictions and should be aware of the following:

  • Residential and business landscape irrigation is restricted to 2 specific days per week
    • Odd-numbered addresses may water lawns and landscapes Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 12:00am-10:00am and/or 4:00pm-11:59pm
    • Even-numbered addresses may water lawns and landscapes Thursdays and Sundays, from 12:00am-10:00am and/or 4:00pm-11:59pm
  • New landscape installations may be watered more frequently:
    • New installations may be watered without restriction on the day they are installed
    • Landscapes installed for 2-30 days may be watered on any day except for Friday, from 12:00am-10:00am and/or 4:00pm-11:59pm
    • Landscapes installed for 31-90 days may be watered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 12:00am-10:00am and/or 4:00pm-11:59pm
  • Golf courses are required to reduce irrigation by 15%
  • Agricultural and nursery water users must reduce water by 15%, with times and hours restricted
  • Reclaimed water usage and low-volume irrigation are not restricted, although voluntary reductions are requested

More information, including specific times and hours irrigation is allowed, based on county, property type, and address (golf course, nursery, single-family residences having odd or even addresses) can be located at www.sfwmd.gov/waterwatch.  A pdf fact sheet, suitable for distributing to customers, is available HERE.

The current water restrictions represent an opportunity for horticultural professionals to provide a higher level of service to their clients.  You might offer to adjust their irrigation to meet current water restrictions.  This is an opportunity to showcase your professionalism and set yourself apart from your competition.  Customers will appreciate your assistance in navigating these sometimes confusing regulations. In the meantime, let’s hope for rain!

Third Annual SFWMD Water Conservation Expo and Vendor Fair: Improving Water Use Efficiency in Irrigation

UF / IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping will be participating in the
Third Annual SFWMD Water Conservation Expo and Vendor Fair:

Improving Water Use Efficiency in Irrigation

Friday, April 8, 2011
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
SFWMD Headquarters
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33406

This year’s Expo is designed to help commercial irrigators, irrigation and landscape industry professionals, and virtually anyone responsible for the irrigation of large landscapes – such as golf courses, parks and homeowners associations – learn about designing and implementing irrigation efficiency initiatives that save water and money.

Landscape and irrigation professionals and water conservation staff across both the public and private sectors will find this event particularly beneficial as they seek to reduce costs, improve irrigation efficiency at their facilities, and implement broad conservation programs for their communities.
A group of water conservation experts with proven on-the-ground experience will discuss irrigation best management practices, new commercially available tools and technology, planning considerations, and benefits of efficient irrigation projects. And you won’t want to miss this year’s conservation technology and services vendor fair featuring innovative products and services that will make your local programs come to life.

Thank you for your interest in water conservation. We look forward to seeing you at the Third Annual SFWMD Water Conservation Expo and Vendor Fair.

Details soon to follow at: www.savewaterfl.com.