March Water Conservation- Temperatures are rising here, in Florida, meaning it’s time to turn your irrigation system ON. Warm and dry weather is predicted. Citrus County Utilities recommends adjusting your irrigation schedule to water once per week. This is not applicable to those with an irrigation system with water sensing technology, this will automatically adjust water usage with no effort to the homeowner.
Citrus County Utilities, Water Conservation department recommends the following:
March: One scheduled irrigation of 1/2” to 3/4” each week. 1/2” of irrigation is about 30 minutes per rotor head zone and 15 minutes per spray head zone. Irrigation may occur from 12 AM to 10 AM or 4:00 PM to 11:59 PM, not both, based on the last digit of your address as follows:
- 0 or 1 — Monday
- 2 or 3 — Tuesday
- 4 or 5 — Wednesday
- 6 or 7 — Thursday
- 8 or 9 and locations with a mix of addresses or no address – Friday
This is a great time to spruce up the irrigation system.
The utility offers a free one-time checkup and training. This is what we will review:
- Using the meter to check for leaks
- Scheduling the irrigation controller
- Zone-by-zone efficiency review
- Testing rain sensor
- Seasonal water needs
- And… we can answer most any landscape or irrigation question!
Call (352) 527-7669 to schedule an appointment.
Due to the astronomical amount of water wasted yearly by minor leaks, The Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® Program has dedicated the third week of March “Fix a Leak Week”. This program promotes Americans to check household pluming fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. This is the first step to cutting down the 1 trillion gallons wasted every year in the U.S.
Water Conservation Tip
Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Easily check your toilets for leaks by adding a dye tablet (or a few drops of food coloring) into your toilets tank. Wait 10 minutes and if the color appears in the bowl, there is a leak present. This can be fixed, simply, by replacing the toilet flapper. This should be replaced every 5 years to prevent water waste.
Here are instructions, provided by The Home Depot, on how to replace your toilet flapper:
Citrus County Utilities also encourages residents to update their contact information. This is important in an event where they would need to reach you due to a situation such as, an excessive increase in water usage or a possible leak. These things are to be handled as soon as possible, so the Utilities require up-to-date contact info. Those who need to do so can contact the office by phone, (352) 527-7650, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your account number, phone number, and mail address.
Along with conserving water, rebates are available to Citrus County residents in an effort to save them money. Save $50 on a rain sensor replacement, and up to $100 on a water sense labeled toilet as well as water sense labeled irrigation controller. Submit applications to: https://citruswater.wufoo.com/forms/rebate-application-2022/.
Questions, call (352) 527-7669.
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