It’s time to reset your irrigation controller. On November 5, we return to Eastern Standard Time, and that means it's time for the fall and winter irrigation schedule. We not only turn back our clocks, but we also need to turn back our irrigation.
During Eastern Standard Time (November 5 through March 10), outside irrigation is reduced to one day a week. Odd-numbered residential addresses may irrigate on Saturdays; even-numbered residential addresses may irrigate on Sundays; and commercial and non-residential properties may irrigate on Tuesdays. The restrictions apply whether irrigating with well water, city water, or reclaimed water.
According to Maureen Phillips, City of Titusville Public Works Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager, the water management districts developed the irrigation schedules based on what naturally occurs in the environment. Florida’s fall and winters are normally the driest part of the year, so irrigation is reduced. Phillips explained that during this time of year, the amount of sunlight and rainfall decreases. Temperatures also drop. These factors reduce the growth rate of plants and grasses. “New growth increases the plant’s need to produce more food. The amount of food a plant is able to produce is tied to the amount of sunlight, water, and nutrients available. If any of these elements is insufficient to support the growth, the plant will be stressed. Stressed plants are more susceptible to disease and pests.”
To learn more about the irrigation restrictions and Florida-Friendly landscaping visit the Water Conservation Program’s pages at www.titusville.com/irrigation.