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Citrus County Water Resources Reminds Citizens of Watering Restrictions

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on May 11, 2021

Citrus County’s Department of Water Resources reminds citizens that in 2020, mandatory irrigation restrictions were enacted in response to increased irrigation demands that resulted in groundwater withdrawals exceeding Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (SWFWMD) permitted amounts. The watering schedule is necessary to bring water use into permit compliance and avoid regulatory penalties.

Citrus County Water Resources Reminds Citizens of Watering Restrictions

These landscape irrigation restrictions remain in place for all Citrus County except the cities of Crystal River and Inverness.

The restrictions include:

  • Landscape irrigation is limited to one day per week for unincorporated Citrus County.
  • Irrigation is only allowed on a specific day of the week based on the last number of the address.
  • All landscape irrigation is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to reduce evaporation.
  • Established lawns less than one acre in size, shall choose to irrigate either before 10 AM or after 4 PM – not both.
  •   Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day before 10 AM or after 4 PM.
  • All wasteful and unnecessary water use is prohibited.  For example, irrigating within 12 hours of receiving ¾” of rain, irrigating with a broken sprinkler head/part or allowing water to flow from a hose without a nozzle.
  • All new plant material qualifies for additional watering. However, how watering is accomplished is restricted. For example, if new plantings cover at least 50% of an irrigation zone, that zone can be irrigated via the automatic system. Zones with less than 50% new material must be watered via a targeted method such as a hose-end sprinkler focused on the new plantings or hand watered.  Plugs are an example of plantings that require targeted watering.

Below is the one-day per week unincorporated Citrus County watering schedule. A user may irrigate established lawns and landscaping during only one (1) of the specified time periods on the allowable watering day.

AddressIrrigation DayChoose AM or PM Irrigation (not both)
Address that ends in 0 or 1Monday12 a.m. to 10 a.m.  or  4:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Address that ends in 2 or 3Tuesday12 a.m. to 10 a.m.  or  4:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Address that ends in 4 or 5Wednesday12 a.m. to 10 a.m.  or  4:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Address that ends in 6 or 7Thursday12 a.m. to 10 a.m.  or  4:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Address that ends in 8 or 9 and locations with a mix of addresses, or for which an address cannot be determined (such as multi- family units and common areas associated with a subdivision)Friday12 a.m. to 10 a.m.  or  4:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

For questions and additional information on watering restrictions, please call 352-527-7669.

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