Watering your yard in Orlando
Roller coasters, golf courses, water slides, shopping malls. Not what you think of when you need to water your lawn. All homes in the Orange County area are on water restrictions. Over the winter water is regulated to be once a week only and time tables between 4pm and 10am. It also depends if your house number is odd or even.
On Sunday, March 10 and ending Sunday, November 3, Orange County properties will allow two-day-a-week watering for the warmer months. This is only temporary and will go back to once a week watering for the cooler months.
“Although the water restriction has been extended to two-days-a-week, it is important that property owners pay attention to the needs of their lawn and landscape,” said Jacqueline Torbert, Manager of Orange County Utilities’ Water Division. “Watering only when necessary is an important component both to the health of lawns and to conserving water in Orange County.”
Homes with even-numbered addresses water only on Thursday and Sunday, homes with odd-numbered addresses water only on Wednesday and Saturday, and nonresidential properties water only on Tuesday and Friday. Water restrictions apply to private wells and pumps, ground or surface water, and water from public and private utilities.
This ordinance has been going on for a good 9 years and some people may not be aware of it. County has found that without an ordinance people are watering during the day when water evaporates more quickly or too long. OUC determined there were insitences of watering over an hour! No need to have water wasted even though looking around we have theme parks and many fresh water lakes. You can even hook a rain sensor to disable an automatic sprinkler system when its raining. A little bit of education like watering is only needed twice a week and 30 minutes per zone is sufficient goes a long way to keeping our lakes full and Orlando green for everyone to enjoy.