With dry season upon us remember to adhere to irrigation restrictions

We all know that fresh water is an extremely important resource in Southwest Florida. As we move into the dry season, residents and businesses are reminded that landscape irrigation is year-round by the South Florida Water Management District’s Year-round Landscape Irrigation Rule and local ordinances. Collier County residents and businesses are reminded to adhere to the landscape irrigation restrictions outlines in Collier County Ordinance 2015-27. By following the irrigation guidelines, your landscape can be both beautiful and water efficient.

No irrigating on Fridays

No irrigating between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Landscape Irrigation – Established

Odd Numbered Addresses – Irrigation is limited to three days a week; Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Irrigation is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Even Numbered Addresses*– Irrigation is limited to three days a week; Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Irrigation is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. * Includes even and odd addresses in the same irrigation zone, and multi-family, homeowners’ associations and common areas with no address.

Any plant material may be watered using low volume irrigation, micro-irrigation, rain barrels, cisterns, or other similar rain harvesting devices without regard to the watering days and times allowed. All automatic irrigation systems must be equipped with a properly installed rain sensor switch. The provisions of this Ordinance [2015-27] shall apply to each user within the boundaries of the unincorporated areas of Collier County, Florida, and applies to all water resources as defined herein, unless otherwise specifically addressed through an agreement or issuance of a variance. “Water Resources” means any and all water on or beneath the surface of the ground including, but not limited to, potable water production wells, IQ water, natural or artificial watercourses, lakes, ponds, and artificial water features, and water percolating, standing, or flowing beneath the surface of the ground.

Landscape Irrigation – New (in place less than 30 days)

All Addresses – May be irrigated every day except Friday and not between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Low volume hand watering allowed anytime. Irrigation is limited to targeted areas containing 50 percent or less new landscaping only. If new plantings consist of more than 50 percent of the area, you may irrigate using zone irrigation for the new plantings in that zone.

For more information regarding Collier County’s landscape irrigation restriction, call customer service at 239-252-2380, or visit www.colliercountyfl.gov.

The Immokalee Bulletin is published every Thursday.

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