Watering Restrictions Now Permanent in Broward County
A permanent twice-a-week landscape watering schedule is now in place for County, city and private water customers in Broward County in an effort to conserve and protect local water resources. Even-numbered addresses are permitted to water on Thursday and/or Sunday and odd-numbered addresses can water on Wednesday and/or Saturday.
To promote and encourage residential participation and education on the environment and water conservation, please find links below to numerous local organizations dedicated to environment preservation and assisting Broward residents in creating Florida-friendly landscapes.
City Landscaping Installations
With a strong focus on water conservation, over 60% of new plant materials installed were native plants and 20% true xeriscape materials, all requiring substantially less water than non-native plants. The conservation of water saves money and assists the environment.
City Landscape Irrigation
Many people ask - Why do I see areas of city property being watered during the day?
The City can only run each irrigation zone twice per week, either Wed. & Sat. or Thurs.& Sun. between the hours of 12 AM and 10AM. Efforts are made to water the front side of berms and anything affecting roadways and sidewalks up until 7:00 AM and to water the backsides of berms and areas that do not affect roadways or sidewalks between 7AM and 10AM.
The city is allowed to run each zone for 10 minutes per week in order to do maintenance checks. This is the major cause of phone calls because these checks can be done anytime during normal working hours, usually between 7 AM and 4 PM.
New plant materials can be watered every day except Friday for the first 30 days and on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday for new plants in the ground 31 to 60 days. If more than 50% of an irrigation zone is new material, it can be watered during the day except Friday, during the midnight to 10:00AM timeframe.
WATER - WHAT YOU USE:
Ever wonder how much water you use for daily activities?
SIMPLE STEPS TO SAVING WATER
- Toilet flush = 5 gallons
- Dishwasher = 12 gallons per load
- Washing machine = 47 gallons per load
- Bath = 36 gallons per tub
- Brushing teeth, showering or washing hands = 4 gallons per minute
- Yard hose = 9 gallons per minute
- Pool covers = 60-70% less evaporation
- Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
- For hanging baskets, planters and pots, place ice cubes under the moss or dirt to give your plants a cool drink of water and help eliminate water overflow.
- Use porous materials for walkways and patios to keep water in your yard and prevent wasteful run-off.
- Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could save up to 1,000 gallons of water per month.
- When you give your pet fresh water, don't throw the old water down the drain, use it to water your trees or shrubs.
Leaks -- from toilets or faucets -- can result in increases in your water bill, damage to your home, as well as thousands of wasted gallons of water! A single leaky faucet can waste 100 gallons in a day!
Faucets typically leak because of old gaskets, washers or O-rings and corroded valve seats. Today, most faucets can be categorized as being "washerless" (port-type faucets), or compression (washer). Note: A washerless faucet does not mean it will never leak! Rather the parts will last longer since their design minimizes friction and wear.
Links To Conservation Information:
South Florida Water Management District
Turf and Landscape BMP Manual (PDF)
South Florida Water Management District ~ www.sfwmd.gov (Turf and Landscaping Page)
» South Florida Water Management District ~ www.savewaterfl.com (Water Conservation Page)
How to help the Everglades
» South Florida Water Management District ~ www.sfwmd.gov/restorationstrategies
The Impact of Fertilizer
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