New Water Restrictions in Gainesville. We’ve got new water/irrigation restrictions in Gainesville & Alachua County. The new restrictions started in early November 2012. These restrictions apply to everyone regardless of the water source (private well or local utility). All restrictions apply to residential and commercial properties.
Our plants and landscape need less water in the fall & winter season, and some of our natural landscape doesn’t require any water with the cooler temperatures.
Landscape irrigation can account for 60% of residential water use. Reducing irrigation is a great way to save money while leaving more water for our springs and future generations! Let’s all pitch in and do the right thing, and adhere to our new water restrictions.
The new limitations are ONCE A WEEK.
Here are the new restrictions:
A. Irrigation is only allowed between 4:00 pm and 10:00 am – This is to minimize condensation.
B. Residents whose address ends in an odd number can irrigate only on Saturdays.
C. Residents whose address ends in an even number can irrigate only on Sundays.
D. Non-Residential land can irrigate only on Tuesdays.
E. Irrigation is limited to no more than one hour or 3/4 inch per irrigation zone per irrigation day.
*** The following are EXEMPT from the restrictions: vegetable gardens, hand watering with a spray nozzle with an automatic shut off, reclaimed water, athletic fields, micro-irrigation, and new landscapes for the first 60 days.
If you need more information about the Water Restrictions, you can call the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department at 352-264-6800. You can also call the County EPA office to report violations.