Pasco Cooperative Extension
You may have heard that the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) issued phase 2 water restrictions for Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties, reducing irrigation with portable (drinking water, well water) to one time per week. This is nothing new for Pasco County, since we have been on once-a-week watering restrictions for over a decade for potable water sources. Reclaimed water is restricted to twice per week.
It is still a good idea to check your irrigation time clock and make sure it is set properly. Frequently we forget to change the clock time when we “fall back” or “spring forward” so make sure it’s reading the correct time. Sometimes the clock is programmed to go off on the wrong day, so find out your day of the week to water at http://www.pascocountyfl.net/index.aspx?nid=172
Remember there is no watering allowed during the hours of 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and you can only water once on your watering day.
In the winter months, December through February, you can often times skip a week of watering, or if we are getting regular rainfall and seasonal temperatures, turn off the irrigation system. Your can learn more about watering you lawn and landscape at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep054.