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Friday, November 4, 2022

Winter irrigation restrictions in effect for Ocala

The City of Ocala is reminding residents to roll back the clock and reset automatic sprinkler systems beginning on Sunday, November 6.

According to the city, irrigation restrictions will be in effect on specific days during the winter months, and no irrigation should occur between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Outdoor irrigation accounts for nearly half of most Floridians’ monthly water bill,” stated Mike Register, St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director.

“Lawns and landscape plants require less water during this time of year. By only providing the amount of supplemental irrigation required, we can conserve water and help meet our water supply needs while maintaining healthy lawns and landscapes,” added Register.

During Eastern Standard Time (early November through mid-March), Ocala residents are asked to comply with the following landscape irrigation schedule:

  • Odd numbered or no addresses should water on Saturdays.
  • Even numbered addresses should water on Sundays.
  • Non-residential addresses should water on Tuesdays.
  • No irrigation is allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Odd-numbered addresses include addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9. Even numbered addresses include addresses ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8.

The city states that these restrictions are designed to preserve groundwater supplies, maintain healthy yards, and protect water quality during winter months. While gardens are not subject to these restrictions, they should only be watered before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Water Resources Department at 352-351-6772 or visit the City of Ocala’s website.

To view water-saving tips, visit the St. Johns River Water Management District’s ‘Water Less Florida’ website.