Rules and Tips

Landscape Irrigation Schedule

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The following is the Landscape Irrigation Schedule for potable water customers, including water from ground or surface water, from a private well or pump, or from the City utility.

Time of Year Homes with Odd Numbered Addresses Homes with Even Numbered Addresses Non-Residential Properties
Daylight Saving Time Wednesday and Saturday Thursday and Sunday Tuesday and Friday
Eastern Standard Time Saturday Only Sunday Only Friday Only

Daylight saving time: Second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November

Eastern Standard Time: First Sunday in November until the second Sunday in March

An odd numbered address is one that ends in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9.

An even numbered address is one that ends in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8.

The use of reclaimed water for landscape irrigation is allowed only in accordance with the following irrigation schedule year round:

Time of Year Homes with Odd Numbered Addresses Homes with Even Numbered Addresses Non-Residential Properties
Year Round Wednesday and Saturday Thursday and Sunday Tuesday and Friday

In addition, the following applies to both potable and reclaimed water customers:

No irrigation shall occur between 10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.

No more than 3/4 inch of water may be applied per irrigation zone on each day that irrigation occurs.

In no event shall irrigation occur for more than 1 hour per irrigation zone on each day that irrigation occurs.

All landscape irrigation shall be limited to the amount necessary for the landscape needs.

Rain sensor are required on all automatic irrigation systems.

Irrigation using a micro-spray, micro-jet, drip or bubbler irrigation system is allowed anytime.

Watering in of chemicals including insecticides, pesticides, fertilizers, fungicides and herbicides when required by law or the manufacturer is allowed on any day within 24 hours of application.

Irrigation systems may be operated at any time of day on any day for maintenance and repair purposes not to exceed 20 minutes per zone.

Irrigation is allowed at any time with a hand held garden hose that is equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle.

New landscapes are allowed to irrigate on any day for one 30-day period. The irrigation must be limited to only the area where the new landscaping is installed.

To report new sod or for questions regarding the water restrictions please contact the Public Services Department at 407-703-1731 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New Sod (PDF)
Rain Sensor (PDF)


Saving Water Outdoors

In many cases, more than 50% of the water used at a residence goes outdoors for landscape irrigation. There are manydrip-irrigation ways to save water outdoors. These will not only help conserve our water supply and keep our environment healthy, but they will also help save you money as well as cut back with the amount of time you spend on lawn maintenance.

When irrigation is needed, apply ½ inch of water per application to replenish the grass. Saturating the root zone and allowing the soil to dry will encourage a deep root system, making you lawn drought and stress tolerant.

Landscape with plants that are accustomed to Florida's climate and often require little to no water other than natural rainfall. They also rarely need fertilizers and pesticides applied.

Water lawns in the early morning when temperature and wind speed are at the lowest.

Irrigate only when you lawn needs water due to lack of rainfall. Over watering promotes fungus, disease, and weed growth. It also results in a shallow root system, making your lawn less drought and stress tolerant.

Group plants according to their water needs and irrigate areas separately that require less water.

Use mulch around plant beds, shrubs, and trees. Benefits of mulch include:

- Reduces evaporation
- Keeps soil warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer
- Helps control weed growth
- Reduces the maintenance around plants, trees, and shrubs

Install a rain shutoff device to automatic sprinkler systems that will override the cycle when adequate rainfall has occurred. Florida law requires a rain shutoff device on all automatic sprinkler systems installed since 1991.

Irrigate only when your lawn shows signs of stress. Visual signs include the lawn turning a bluish-gray color, footprints lingering after walking through the grass, and leaf blades folding in half.

Use Drip/Micro-irrigation in plant beds and around trees. Micro irrigation applies water slowly and directly to the roots, saving water.

Perform regular maintenance to irrigation systems to ensure efficiency. Check your system for:

- Spray heads missing, broken or clogged
- Spray heads pushed too far in the ground
- Spray heads tilted or spraying in the wrong direction (watering the street, driveway, or sidewalk
- Observable leaks or breaks in the pipes
- Obstructions preventing the water from reaching the desired areas
- Raise the height of your mower. Cut no more than one-third of the grass length to encourage the root system to grow deeper and leaf blades to hold more moisture.

Additional resource(s):
www.Floridayards.org – Florida Friendly Landscaping/Plant Database
http://www.floridaswater.com/ - St. Johns River Water Management District


Saving Water Indoors

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It is important to be aware of how water is used inside your home. The bathroom and kitchen are two key areas that water consumption can be reduced inside the house. Listed below are a few steps you can take to save water inside your home. Check for leaks that may be occurring inside your home. One way to do this is by checking your water meter. Make sure there is no water being used inside or outside of the house. Record the reading from the water meter before and after a 30-minute time frame. If there is any change in the readings, you have a leak.

Repair dripping faucets by replacing the washers.

Put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank to detect if you have a leak. After a few minutes if the coloring makes its way into the bowl, you have a leak. Make sure to flush the coloring shortly after to prevent staining. There are also leak detector tablets available at local stores.

Only run your dishwasher when it is full.

Adjust your washing machine to the appropriate water level for the size of the load.

Consider replacing older faucets, toilets, showerheads, and cloths washers with low-flow and water efficient models.

Turn off the water when you brush your teeth, wash your face, or shave.

Take shorter showers.

Don’t use the toilet as a trash can to flush items.

Additional resource(s):
www.H2ouse.org/

CONTACT INFO

  • Apopka City Hall
  • 120 East Main Street
  • Apopka, Florida 32703
  • Phone: 407-703-1700
  • Fax: 407-703-1705
  • Police Non-Emergency:
    407-703-1771
 

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