Please help conserve water and spread the word! Highlands County is still under drought conditions despite the recent nice and needed rains. Water levels in our lakes are still well below normal.
This is the sad view on Lake Olivia in Avon Park. Half of it is dried out. The red line indicates normal water levels:
This is what it should look like:
Andrea Mills - "Celebrate Caladiums" Copyright 2008 *All Rights Reserved
This article was originally posted on http://sebring.activerain.com/
Water your lawn once weekly only. Here's the schedule:
- ...0 or 1, water only on Monday
- ...2 or 3, water only on Tuesday
- ...4 or 5, water only on Wednesday
- ...6 or 7, water only on Thursday
- ...8 or 9*, water only on Friday
* and locations without a discernible address
These restrictions remain in effect through September 30, 2008 for use of water from public and private utilities, wells and surface water sources (ponds, rivers, etc.).
Restrictions apply to all of Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and Sumter counties; portions of Lake and Levy counties; and the portion of Gasparilla Island in Lee County.
Lawn & landscape watering
-If your city or county already has special once-per-week schedule in effect, continue following it; oth erwise refer to the schedule above.
- Lawn and landscape watering remains limited to a once-per-week schedule.
- Unless your city or county already has stricter hours in effect, properties under two acres in size may only water before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
- Unless your city or county already has stricter hours in effect, properties two acres or larger may only water before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
-Variances are available if a property proposes an alternative irrigation plan (such as splitting a large property into two pieces and assigning a different day to each piece).
- Handwatering or microirrigation of non-lawn landscape is allowed.
- Certain exemptions are available, such as allowances for new plant material.
Local governments & water utilities
- Assist the District with water shortage restriction enforcement, including "any time" coverage for cases referred by the District (when a Water Use Permit is not involved).
- Review the availability of backup water supplies for potable and fire-fighting purposes.
- Institute/accelerate local water conservation efforts, including a water system audit.
- Implement appropriate changes to water system flushing, including on-site signage.
Golf courses, agricultural operations & other water users
- Fountains and other aesthetic-only water features may only operate 8 hours per day.
- Car washing is limited to once per week; however, fundraiser events are still allowed.
- Comply with all Water Use Permit conditions, including allowable drought quantities.
- Reduce off-site discharge and mobile equipment washing.
- Follow applicable best management practices, including watering times and applications.