SWFWMD encouraging residents to check irrigation timers as part of switch to Standard Time this weekend

Year-round water conservation measures in effect for all 16 Southwest Florida Water Management District counties

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The staff of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) is reminding residents to check the timers on their irrigation system controllers this weekend, which is the end of Daylight Saving Time.

“Saturday night is when we will turn our clocks back one hour,” a news release notes. “The time change is also a good time to make sure irrigation system timers are set correctly to ensure that the systems operate consistently with year-round water conservation measures,” the release adds.

“All 16 counties throughout SWFWMD’s boundaries are on year-round water conservation measures, with lawn watering limited to twice-per-week unless your city or county has a different schedule or stricter hours,” the release points out. “Local governments maintaining once-per-week watering by local ordinance include Sarasota, Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco counties and the cities of Venice and Dunedin, the release says.

“Know and follow your local watering restrictions, but don’t water just because it’s your day,” the release continues. “Irrigate your lawn when it shows signs of stress from lack of water. Pay attention to signs of stressed grass:

  • “Grass blades are folded in half lengthwise on at least one-third of your yard.
  • “Grass blades appear blue-gray.
  • “Grass blades do not spring back, leaving footprints on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it.”

For more irrigation and water saving tips, visit the District’s website at WaterMatters.org/Water101.