Thursday, October 23, 2014

Home News Water district lifts irrigation restrictions

Water district lifts irrigation restrictions

Irrigation

Southwest Florida residents can now irrigate twice per week.

| July 6, 2010

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – For the first time in three years, the Southwest Florida Water Management District is allowing residents to water their lawns twice a week.

At a meeting Tuesday, the district allowed a once-a-week restriction to expire. It had been in effect since January 2007 and applied to all potable water users in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk counties.

The decision Tuesday came after Granville Kinsman, head of hydrologic data for the district, told the board the area has received a good amount of rain, thanks largely to La Nina.

Precipitation has been within or above the normal range in most areas in the district, and above-normal rainfall is expected this summer, Kinsman says. The reservoirs are full.

The once-a-week restriction expires today.

"There are no known water concerns," Richard Owen, deputy executive director of resource regulation, told the board.

Still, Owen cautioned, the board's decision should not be interpreted as an enthusiastic thumbs-up to more lawn watering. "Water only when necessary," Owen says, adding that year-round conservation measures still should be observed.

That means, among other things, turning sprinklers off when it's raining.

The district's decision paves the way for local governments to allow constituents to return to twice-a-week watering. The district cautions water users to check with those entities before resuming twice-a-week watering.

Please visit Tampa Bay Online to read the rest of this story.

Top news

Scotts acquires structural pest control company

This is the first time Scotts has purchased a home pest control business.

Kubota enters skid-steer market

The two models, introduced at its national dealer day, will be available in May of 2015. The company also announced three new zero-turn models.

Shake your eight ball

We look at seven of the top concerns and trends facing landscapers as they face 2015.

Everyone makes mistakes

Watch this Harvester video to see industry leaders admit some of their mistakes.

New landscape irrigation sprinkler standard

ICC and ASABE announced the first ANSI standard to establish uniform testing procedures.

x