To Water or Not to Water

Did you know...

Water used on our landscapes accounts for 50% of our household water usage.

The Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule


The Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule (Chapter 40E-24, F.A.C.) is a component of the South Florida Water Control District's (SFWMD) Comprehensive Water Conservation Program, which was established to encourage more responsible use of water resources throughout South Florida.

In effect since 2010, the Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule limits landscape watering to two days a week throughout the South Florida Water Management District, with a three-day-a-week provision for some counties. In all cases, reclaimed water used for irrigation is subject to voluntary watering limits, unless otherwise restricted by a local government or utility. For more information, please contact the South Florida Water Management District Water Conservation Hotline at (800) 662-8876.

Following these guidelines, the City of Parkland adopted similar year-round irrigation restrictions based on its water conservation principles, local demands, system limitations and resource availability. It is important for all of us to follow these restrictions in order to conserve our precious water resources, even more so during periods of water shortage. In general, there will be no watering during the hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Schedule

Landscape irrigation for all property types and sizes is allowed two days a week on this schedule:
  • Properties with odd-numbered addresses will be allowed to water Wednesday and Saturday from 12:00 am to 10:00 am and/or 4:00 pm to 11:59 pm
  • Properties with even-numbered addresses, no street addresses, or systems that irrigate both odd- and even-numbered addresses within the same zones (such as multi-family units, homeowners associations, and commercial complexes or retail centers) will be allowed to water Thursday and Sunday from 12:00 am to 10:00 am and/or 4:00 pm to 11:59 pm.

Landscape Irrigation Schedule

(existing landscapes)

Established Landscaping (older than 90 days) - watering allowed only before 10 am or after 4 pm
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
even NO NO odd even NO odd
New Landscaping (up to 90 days old) - watering allowed only before 10 am or after 4 pm

SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
<30
DAYS
yes yes yes yes yes no yes
30 TO
90 DAYS
no yes no yes yes no yes


Conservation Tips:


For the most efficient use of water, avoid irrigating during both time periods on the same day. Most lawns only need 3/4" - 1" of water per week. Low-volume systems such as drip, bubble, and micro-jet systems that apply water directly to root plant zones may be used any time.

Mow your grass to the right height. The higher the grass, the more extensive the root system becomes. Grass with deeper roots is more drought-resistant. If the grass is mowed very short, it will put most of its energy into growing new leaf blades, and less energy into growing a root system (root system will be shallow). So don't mow your lawn too short. For more information, http://livinggreen.ifas.ufl.edu/water/lawn_care_and_irrigation.html
http://www.broward.org/NATURALRESOURCES/WATERRESOURCES/Pages/WaterConservation.aspx