Are you even or odd? This question should be familiar to all Floridians. As Floridians, we are accustomed to year-round water restrictions that limit our water use to specific days of the week based on our street address. Unfortunately, water use data and observation indicate that either some residents do not know, or just do not follow, local water restrictions. Yet, the personal water conservation actions of all residents are tied to local water supply. The best thing a resident can do during our annual dry season (October – May) is to follow all water restrictions to ensure amply supply into the future.
Where can I find my watering restrictions?
We have put together a handy flier on local water restrictions for Sarasota County and all municipalities within county boundaries. If you live outside of Sarasota County boundaries then simply search the internet using the name of your municipality and the words “water restrictions”. It is that easy.
Why do we have year-round water restrictions?
Year-round water restrictions promote water efficiency while allowing ample water for healthy landscape plants and lawns. Lawns only need up to 3/4 inches per week during the hottest Florida days. Check out UF’s Urban Irrigation Scheduler to help you decide when you should water based on local rainfall data. Or check your local precipitation levels using the Sarasota ARMS Near Real-time Rainfall Map on Sarasota County Water Atlas to help you determine if you can skip a week.
More ways to conserve
There is always more water conservation that can be done. If you are looking for ways to save the drops check out UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County’s Water Conservation webpage.