Reclaimed Water “Frequency of Use” During Dry Season:
The reclaimed water shortages experienced in recent years during the non-rainy season have placed considerable stress on the reclaimed distribution system. Due to operational experience during these dry periods of the year, a proposal has been passed to limit lawn watering at these times to three days per week. This limitation will not only alleviate seasonal operational shortages but will actually help build a healthier lawn. Horticultural experts at the University of Florida and The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) recommend less frequent watering to help establish a deep, drought-tolerant root system.
Benefits of using reclaimed water
- Creates an alternate water source for irrigation while reducing demand on potable water sources utilized for drinking water (view chart showing drop in per capita potable water usage )
- Reduces the cost of landscape irrigation when it replaces potable water
- Reduces fertilizer costs due to the nitrogen and phosphorus in reclaimed water
- Beautifies our community by enhancing the appearance of landscaping
For more information, select a link below:
- Ordinance Relating to Reclaimed Water Usage
Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the reclaimed water ordinance.
- Reclaimed Water Schedule
Current watering schedule for reclaimed water.
- Application for Variance from Reclaimed Schedule
Application for Variance from Pinellas County Code 82-3.
- SWFWMD Year-Round Conservation Measures
Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) Chapter 40D-22 policy regarding conservation.
- Healthy Lawn Information
Your lawn may have a drinking problem.
- Turf and Landscape Irrigation Recommendations
Recommendations from University of Florida/The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) for irrigating “deep and infrequently” and consideration of application rate, month, and climate area.
- Conserving Water in the Home Landscape
Irrigate only when plants need water. During the summer, established plants need no water for three to five days after a rainfall or water application that distributes at least three-fourths of an inch of water. You can wait much longer during the winter or when watering soils of finer texture, such as muck or clay.