The Southwest Florida Water Management District is reminding residents to check the timers on their irrigation system controllers this weekend, which is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time.
Saturday night we will “spring forward,” and turn our clocks ahead one hour. The time change is also a good time to make sure your irrigation system timer is set correctly to ensure your system operates consistently with current water restrictions.
As a reminder, the Tampa Bay Region will be under Phase III water restrictions beginning March 13, which limits lawn and landscape watering to a once-per-week schedule based on address and residents may only water before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
There are no changes to the Phase I restrictions currently in place for other water uses, including agricultural irrigation, golf course operations, industrial processes, or pressure washing activities. Some local governments have imposed stricter measures, so always refer to your local government or utility restriction guidelines first.
Know and follow your local watering restrictions, but don’t water just because it’s your day. Irrigate your lawn when it shows signs of stress from lack of water. Pay attention to signs of stressed grass, such as a bluish-gray color, lingering tire tracks or footprints and leaf blades that are folded in half lengthwise.
For additional information about water restrictions and water conservation, please contact your local utility or visit the District’s web site at WaterMatters.org/conservation/.
The mission of the Southwest Florida Water Management District is to manage water and related natural resources to ensure their continued availability
while maximizing environmental, economic and recreational benefits.