JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The end of Daylight Savings Time means not only darker skies come earlier but also a return to watering restrictions for Duval County residents.
The City of Jacksonville Neighborhoods Department said with the change to Easter Standard Time, watering should now be reduced to no more than one day per week for lawn and landscape irrigation.
The restrictions are designed to conserve Jacksonville's water supply and to reduce the amount of nutrients going into the St. Johns River.
The city said during the cooler months, lawns and landscapes require less water to remain healthy.
If you live at a residential property with an address ending in an odd number, or if you live in a place without an address, you may water on Saturday.
If you live at a residential property with an address ending in an even number you may water on Sunday.
Non-residential watering is only permitted on Tuesdays.
Watering is limited to before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. year-round. There are some exceptions, such as using a hand-held irrigation tool, micro-irrigation systems, maintenance and repair or watering to establish new landscaping.
If you are caught violating the city's watering restrictions, you will be issued a warning ticket for the first observed offense. The second violation comes with a $50 fine and a third offense has a $250 fine. A release from the city said violators may also be subject to other enforcement.
On March 10, 2013, lawn watering will resume to two designated days per week.
If you would like to learn more about the restrictions, you may visit the City of Jacksonville Neighborhoods Department at www.coj.net key word search "irrigation" or visit the St. Johns River Water Management District at www.sjrwmd.com/wateringrestrictions.
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