Important Change to Watering Restrictions

I just received a flier at my house from the St Johns Water Management District notifying me my watering days were about to change an I wanted to be sure to pass the information along. The first step is to find out what water management district you are in, click here to find out.

Now, the next question is, do you live in the St Johns Water Management District? If the answer to that question is “yes” then there have been some important changes made to your watering restrictions. Just yesterday, Sunday, November 1st when daylight savings time changed back to Eastern Standard time something else changed too – watering restrictions for everyone in the St Johns Water Management District – including me.

Now, it seems like watering restrictions change as frequently as the season in Florida and they can be difficult to keep track of. What days can I water? How long? What time? I’m happy to tell you that the only change is to the DAY you can water.

  • Houses ending in an odd number (1,3,5,7,9) or that don’t have an address water on Saturday
  • Houses ending in an even number (0,2,4,6,8) water on Sunday

This means these answers still apply:

  • How long can I water? Water for no more than one hour per zone.
  • What time can I water? Water only when needed and not between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This ensures the water reaches the root zone and doesn’t evaporate before it’s had a chance to soak in.

After I got the notice I was worried. I JUST got my lawn to a beautiful green. My neighbors are even envious! Now I can only water ONE day? Great, my lawn is going to turn into a tumble weed jungle! After a quick call to my Massey GreenUP technician, my mind was at ease. He informed me that these new restrictions coincide with the watering recommendations that are provided during the cooler months and watering one day per week should not affect the health of my landscape. And since I’m a Massey GreenUP Irrigation customer, they’re already adjusting my timer to the new restrictions, I’m all set! Apparently your lawn is similar to a bear, it hibernates in the winter! And while it’s hibernating you need to keep feeding it and watering it, but only in small increments. Little did I know – watering your lawn too many times during the winter can cause your lawn to “catch” a disease. Yuck! Turns out, the new restrictions are good for our environment AND our lawns! Win, Win.

To visit the St Johns Water Management District website, click here. If you have any questions about how the new watering restrictions affect you, call 1-888-2MASSEY (262-7739)