Media Release

Winter Irrigation Limits Begin November 1

Thursday, October 29, 2015 1:15 PM

sprinklerALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (EPD) wants to remind residents that beginning on Sunday, November 1, 2015 (end of Daylight Saving Time), landscape irrigation is limited to one day a week.

“On average, an irrigated yard in the Gainesville area uses 300 gallons of groundwater a day for a combined use of almost 5 million gallons of water per day,” said Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Water Conservation Coordinator Stacie Greco. She continued, “Minimizing watering promotes healthier lawns and landscapes while conserving Florida's water resources. We depend on groundwater for our water supply, as do our springs, lakes, and rivers.”

County EPD wants residents to know that lawns need significantly less water in Florida's winter months, and that many landscapes need very little or no irrigation during this time of year.

Below is the watering schedule for this region:

  • Saturday at addresses with an odd number house or no house address
  • Sunday at addresses with an even house number
  • Tuesday for nonresidential landscape irrigation (including residential common areas)
  • no irrigation is allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (as this is when evaporation is the greatest)

The restrictions apply to the use of private wells, city water, and surface water. The use of a hand-held hose with a spray nozzle, micro-irrigation, and reclaimed water are exempt along with the irrigation of vegetable gardens and fruit trees.

Visit the EPD Water Resources website for information on conserving water and water restrictions.

For more information, contact Gus Olmos at 352-264-6806 or


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).