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Lake County to begin enforcing landscape irrigation rules

RELEASE DATE: May 4, 2009

TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Conservation & Compliance, Code Enforcement Services Division, will begin enforcing landscape irrigation rules on Monday, May 11, after the Lake County Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance in April giving the Division authority to enforce the rules established by the St. Johns River Water Management District.

The first violation of the ordinance is a written warning. The second violation is a minimum $50 with subsequent violations doubling each time to a maximum of $1,000 for each violation. Residents can make a landscape irrigation complaint by calling the Code Enforcement Services Division at (352) 343-9639.

A searchable database of open and closed code enforcement cases and complaints is available on the Lake County Web site at www.lakecountyfl.gov.

A brief summary of the St. Johns River Water Management District lawn and landscaping irrigation rules are:
 

  • Irrigation is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • During daylight-saving time, irrigation is limited to no more than two days per week on scheduled days.
    • Residential irrigation at odd numbered addresses or no addresses is allowed on Wednesday and Saturday.
    • Residential irrigation at even numbered addresses is allowed on Thursday and Sunday.
    • Nonresidential irrigation is allowed on Tuesday and Friday.
    • During Eastern Standard Time, irrigation is limited to no more than one day per week on scheduled days.
  • Residential irrigation at odd numbered addresses or no addresses is allowed on Saturday.
    • Residential irrigation at even numbered addresses is allowed on Sunday.
    • Nonresidential irrigation is allowed on Tuesday.
  • Irrigation is limited to no more than ¾ inch of water per zone per irrigation day.
  • Irrigation is limited to no more than one hour per irrigation zone per irrigation day.
  • Irrigation is limited to only that amount necessary to meet landscape needs.
  • When reclaimed water is available for irrigation use, the use of private irrigation wells is not authorized.
  • Irrigation limitations apply to water withdrawn from ground or surface water, from a private well or pump, or from a public or private utility.
  • Irrigation limitations apply to all landscape irrigation not currently regulated by a consumptive-use permit. Typically, this includes residential, commercial and industrial establishments.
  • Persons irrigating with an automatic lawn irrigation system installed after May 1991 shall install, maintain and operate a rain sensor device or switch that overrides the system when adequate rainfall has occurred.

For more information about watering restrictions and exceptions, log on to www.sjrwmd.com/wateringrestrictions.

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