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Time Change This Weekend Means Lawn Watering Change
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Time Change This Weekend Means Lawn Watering Change

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- 'Spring forward' this weekend is also a reminder to residents to change the batteries in smoke detectors and change the settings on home irrigation systems.

During the standard time that has prevailed since we 'fell back' in November, watering has been allowed only once per week, on either Saturday or Sunday, depending on even or odd-numbered addresses.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, that changes.

With the scorching sun beaming down more directly on Florida, lawns need more water, so the state allows irrigation systems to be used twice per week during Daylight Saving Time.

The St. Johns River Water Management District has established the standards for water usage, which are:

  • Even-numbered addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays
  • Odd-numbered addresses may water on Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Non-residential properties may water on Tuesdays and Fridays
  • No watering between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when much would be lost to evaporation
  • Water each zone for no more than one hour

The restrictions apply to private wells and pumps as well, though there are exceptions.  Full information is available online.

The twice-weekly watering will be in effect until November, when standard time resumes.

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