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The City of North Port Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 24, 2012

The City of North Port is enforcing the following watering restrictions as of July 10,2012

IMPORTANT NOTICE! The Southwest Water Management District (SWFWMD) Governing Board voted to institute Water Shortage restrictions effective December 1, 2010.

The City of North Port is committed to preserving our valuable water resources by conserving water. The following water use restrictions are currently in effect in North Port as of December 1, 2010 to help us all achieve this goal together:

For established lawns:
Lawn and landscape irrigation is limited to two days a week. Residents living in homes with even-numbered addresses may water on Thursday and/or Sundays. Residents living in homes with odd-numbered addresses may water on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays. These changes to previous watering days are to conform with the Southwest Florida Water Management Districts year-round water conservation measures.

North Port Watering Days:
Addresses ending in even numbers – Thursday and/or Sunday, before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.
Addresses ending in odd numbers – Wednesday and/or Saturday before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.

Sarasota County Watering Days:
If you live outside North Port City Limits your watering days may be different. Please contact Sarasota County at (941) 861-6790 to verify when you can irrigate your lawn.

Lawn watering is limited to the hours between EITHER midnight and 10:00 a.m., OR between 4:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. No more than ¾ inch of water may be applied to each irrigation zone on each allowable watering day. There is no watering allowed during the hottest part of the day, 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

Non-lawn areas such as trees, flower beds and vegetable gardens may be hand-watered without restriction to day or time.

For newly-planted lawns and landscaped areas:

New or Replacement Lawns: 30-30 establishment period, sixty days total, if needed. Water any day during the first 30 days. Even addresses may water only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and odd addresses may water only on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during the next 30 days. Time of day restrictions apply.

Other New Plant Establishment: Sixty days total, if needed. Water any day during the first 30 days. Even addresses may water only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; Odd addresses may water only on Wednesday, Friday or Sunday during the next 30 days. Time of day restrictions apply.

Fountain Operation, Car Washing and Powerwashing:
There are no restrictions on fountains, car washing and pressure washing. However, SWFWMD and the City of North Port asks that residents be as efficient as possible, such as using a shut-off nozzle on their hose, so water isn’t waster.

Fines for illegal watering:
Warnings will be given for the first illegal watering violation. The second violation will be a $100 fine. The third offense and subsequent offenses will result in a fine ranging from a minimum of $200 to a maximum of $500, and possible jail time.

If you have any questions, please call North Port Utilities at (941) 240-8000.

For more information follow the link: http://www.cityofnorthport.com/index.aspx?page=365

The City of Naples Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 23, 2012

Watering Restrictions for The City of Naples as of July 10, 2012 are as follows:

The South Florida Water Management District has ordered Phase I Water Restriction schedule to begin on November 18, 2011. This schedule should be followed until further notice.

Odd Numbered Addresses:

Residents and businesses with an odd-numbered street address may water lawns and landscapes on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, in early morning hours only between 12:01 a.m.- 8 a.m. for all types of irrigation and 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for low-volume hand watering with the use of automatic self-canceling or closing nozzle.

Even Numbered Addresses:

Residents and businesses with an even-numbered street address may water lawns and landscapes on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, in early morning hours only between 12:01 a.m.- 8 a.m. for all types of irrigation and 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for low-volume hand watering with the use of automatic self-canceling or closing nozzle.

Irrigation System Maintenance:
(cleaning, adjusting, repairing)

New irrigation systems may be operated 30 minutes per zone on a 1- time basis. Existing systems may be operated 30 minutes per zone per week.

New Lawn & Landscape:
(in place less than 30 days)

5 days each week: Monday through Friday: 12:01 a.m.- 8 a.m. for all types of irrigation. Low-volume hand watering with the use of automatic self-canceling or closing nozzle allowed any time for the first 30 days.

Reclaimed Water:

Irrigation using 100% reclaimed or supplemented reclaimed water is allowed from before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., any day of the week.

Other Outdoor Uses:

Car and boat washing. Nonporous surfaces; sidewalks and driveways. Exterior home surfaces and roofs. Allowed any time with use of low-volume pressure cleaning equipment and/or water hose. Water hose shall be equipped with an automatic self-canceling or closing nozzle.

For more information follow the link: http://www.naplesgov.com/index.aspx?NID=375

City of Marco Island Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 20, 2012

As of July 10, 2012 The City of Marco Island is enforcing the following watering restrictions:

Landscaping Irrigation-Established:
Odd numbered addresses
3 days each week; Monday, Wednesday, Saturday; 12:01 am to 8:00 am for irrigation systems

Even numbered addresses:
3 days each week; Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. for irrigation systems

Landscaping Irrigation–New (in place less than 90 days):
All addresses 5 days each week; Monday through Friday, 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. for irrigation systems

Irrigation System Maintenance :
Existing systems –
10 minutes per zone per week; person must be present in zone and working on the system during each such operation

New systems-
30 minutes per zone, one time only; person must be present in zone and working on the
system during such operation

Pesticide, Fungicide, Herbicide, Fertilizer Application:
All addresses. Application shall be coordinated with the scheduled day/time for landscaping irrigation; if applied outside of the allowed hours, and “watering in” is specified by the manufacturer of the applied material, a licensed application technician must be on the premises

Other Outdoor Water Uses:
All other outdoor water uses Other outdoor water uses, including low volume hand watering, car, truck,and boat washing and the washing of exterior home surfaces and roofs, shall be allowed anytime with the use of low volume pressure cleaning equipment, low volume mobile equipment washing and/or water hose equipped with an automatic self-canceling or automatic shutoff nozzle; in all cases, the water used must drain to a pervious surface or to a water recycling/reuse system

For more information follow the link: http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=7463

Bonita Springs Florida Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 11, 2012

As of July 10th the Bonita Springs irrigation watering restrictions are as follows:

As of January 15 water restrictions are in place. Bonita Springs and Estero residents will be allowed to water only one day a week. Set your landscape sprinklers according to the schedule below

For properties smaller than 5 acres, if your address ends in:
1 or 2, water on Mondays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.
3 or 4, water on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.
5 or 6, or if the irrigation system waters multiple addresses, water on Thursdays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.
7 or 8, water on Saturdays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.
9 or 0, water on Sundays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.

For properties more than five acres, if your address ends in:
1 or 2, water on Mondays from midnight to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.
3 or 4, water on Wednesdays from midnight to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.
5 or 6, without a numbered street address, or if the irrigation system waters multiple addresses, water on Thursdays from 12 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.
7 or 8, water on Saturdays from midnight to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.
9 or 0, water on Sundays from midnight to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.

Penalties
In unincorporated Lee County: $25 for a first offense, $100 for a second, and up to $500 and/or 60 days in jail for a third or more.

REPORT VIOLATIONS
If you suspect a watering violation call:
Unincorporated Lee County: 274-2547
Bonita Springs: 477-1234

For more information follow this link:

http://lifeinbonitasprings.com/bonita-springs-water-restriction-schedule/

The Importance Of A Rain Sensor

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 6, 2012

A rain sensor is an important addition to sprinkler system. A rain sensor detects when it rains and tells your automatic timer to turn your irrigation system off. It’s an important element in helping with water conservation since it eliminates unnecessary watering cycles by your sprinkler. A rain sensor should be mounted upright in an unobstructed area. It does you no good to have a rain sensor that cannot collect water. Collecting water is the only way it will know to shut your sprinklers off. Some common areas for mounting a rain sensor are on your roof, wall, fence, we even have optional mounting kits that allows us to put them on your rain gutters. A rain sensor should know within 30 sec – 3 minutes upon receiving moisture whether it needs to shut your system off. If it does not you need to call a professional irrigation technician to see if your rain sensor is working correctly. We prefer to use a Hunter Rain Clik Rain Sensor. It doesn’t even need to “collect” water to tell the system to shut off, it just needs to “sense” it. It’s the most efficient rain sensor on the market and carries a 5 year warranty. Do you need a rain sensor? 239-772-2607 or fill out a request for quote today.

NEVER Turn Your Irrigation System OFF!

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 3, 2012

Contrary to other advice – you should never, never, NEVER shut your irrigation system OFF. A lot of the water conservation agency in the area will tell you to turn you sprinkler off in the rainy season. A lot of seasonal residents turn their sprinkler off when they leave. In the end these actions will cause these property owners unnecessary $ in avoidable repairs. The only lubrication a sprinkling system gets is from the flow of water. It should run at least once a week just to keep all of the parts in working order. Even in rainy season you should let it run through each zone for a few minutes. Faliure to do so will cause the valves to stick and may prevent the rotor heads and spray heads from popping up. It also keeps debris from settling in the pipes.

If you are a seasonal resident and are concerned about keeping your system running while you are out of town consider one of our irrigation maintenance contracts. How can we help you today?

The Best Time To Run My Sprinkler Is…

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 2, 2012

The best times of day to run your irrigation system are either late night or early morning. Your lawn and landscaping will absorb more water if you set your timer so that your sprinkler system runs while the sun is NOT out. A majority of the precipitation will evaporate before it reaches it’s intended source when it’s either sunny or windy. If you need help setting your timer for your irrigation system please let us know.

5 Characteristics of Evaluating Water Efficiency For a Florida Sprinkler System

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On June 27, 2012

1) Matched-Precipitation Rate Sprinkler Heads

All sprinkler system heads on a given circuit should be the same type (e.g. rotors, pop-up spray, etc.) and have matched precipitation rate (in inches per hour). Heads with differing precipitation rates have widely varying operating times, which can lead to the over-watering of one area in order to sufficiently water another.

2) Head-to-Head Coverage

Our sprinkler systems are designed to operate with head-to-head coverage, where the spray from one sprinkler head reaches to the next, resulting in necessary overlap. Precipitation rates are based on the assumption of overlap. Places where the sprinkler’s spray pattern does not overlap are likely not getting sufficient water and may develop brown dry spots. These spots indicate the system has low “uniformity” of coverage. To compensate, one has to run the sprinklers for longer times to get adequate water to the dry spots, while the rest of the lawn is getting over-watered.

3) Precipitation Rate That Does Not Exceed the Soil’s Infiltration Rate

Based upon soil characteristics, water will soak into the ground at differing rates. Sandy soils have high (fast) infiltration rates, while clay soils have low (slow) infiltration rates. If the precipitation rate of the sprinkler heads exceeds the soil’s infiltration rate, then runoff and erosion occur (especially on slopes). On flat ground, this will also lead to piddling. If your sprinklers’ precipitation rate exceeds the infiltration rate, lower precipitation rate heads can be installed, or you can shorten your watering times and use multiple start times (e.g. 3 start times at 5 minutes each at 1-hour intervals instead of 15 minutes all at once) to allow the water to soak into the soil, and increase water efficiency.

4) Appropriate Water Pressure for Your Irrigation System

Well water or city recycled each sprinkler head is designed to operate within a certain range of pressure, typically around 40 to 50 pounds per square inch (PSI). When water pressure is too low, the sprinkler head will emit large drops and likely will not produce the proper spray pattern or a radius that reaches to the next head. If pressure is too high, the head will produce a fine mist, which leads to water loss due to evaporation and “fly-away” in even light winds. In addition, high pressure can lead to over spray and a distorted spray pattern, along with many other problems. A good pump is critical to maintain optimal performance.

5) Clean, Even Sprinkler Spray Pattern

If the sprinkler spray pattern of a head is distorted, browns spots may develop on the lawn. This may be caused by blockage in the screen or in the nozzle itself, and the head may need to be cleaned. If this does not fix the problem, the nozzle may be worn and needs to be replaced.

There should be no wasteful over spray onto sidewalk, patio, driveway or street. If there is over spray, replace the nozzle with another with the appropriate spray pattern or relocate the sprinkler head.

Vegetation or other objects should not obstruct the spray from the head. Trim back vegetation or raise the sprinkler heads as needed. This will increase the system’s uniformity of coverage, and water efficiency.

Interested in learning more about sprinkler systems?