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Posted on: February 28, 2023

[ARCHIVED] It’s Springtime! Time to Reset Your Clock and Your Controller

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The days are getting longer and warmer, that means it’s almost spring and Daylight Saving Time is starting. It is also time to reset your irrigation controller. Before going to bed on March 11, set your clocks forward one hour and set your irrigation controller to a no more than a twice-a-week irrigation schedule.

On Sunday, March 12, Daylight Saving Time marks the start of the spring/summer irrigation schedule. During Daylight Saving Time, March 12 through November 5, the irrigation restrictions change to allow outside irrigation no more than twice a week. Homes with even-numbered addresses may irrigate on Thursdays and Sundays. Homes with odd-numbered addresses may irrigate on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Businesses may irrigate on Tuesdays and Fridays. The irrigation restrictions apply to reclaimed water, well water, and city water use.

Following the irrigation restrictions can help prevent over watering. Excess irrigation negatively impacts the health of the Indian River Lagoon because it causes runoff. Water running off of yards transports pollutants such as fertilizers, grass clippings, and pet waste. Runoff flows into the storm water system and ultimately into the Indian River Lagoon. 

The irrigation schedule changes each fall and spring, the perfect times to give your sprinkler system a check-up. According to Maureen Phillips, Titusville Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager, giving your sprinkler system a semi-annual checkup can save you water and help your lawn to be healthy because keeping your irrigation system operating correctly increases its efficiency. For plants and turf to be healthy water has to get to where they can use it, not running off your property or evaporating into the air.

Learn more about the irrigation restrictions and creating a sustainable, water-saving yard at 

Sprinkler System Checklist

Replace broken sprinkler heads

Adjust misdirected heads

Match all the heads in any one zone

Test your rain sensor and replace if needed

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