Water News

Dec. 7, 2018

Message from the Executive Director

Help save a billion gallons of water, irrigate only every other week in winter

With the chill in the air, we know that the Florida winter is setting in. Though our weather is not typically as cold as other parts of the country, our lawns and landscapes do take a winter break and naturally go dormant this time of year. As a result, landscapes need less irrigation.

As we did last winter, the District is joining in the Skip a Week campaign developed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District to encourage efficient irrigation practices specific to winter months. This campaign focuses on studies showing that lawns need only about three-quarters of an inch of water every 10 to 14 days during the winter, and less if it has rained. Irrigating every other week during December, January and February (skipping a week) could save more than 1 billion gallons of water in our District alone. That’s a lot of water!

Watering too much makes lawns less able to survive dry conditions, encouraging shallow, weak root systems, leading to weeds, pests and diseases. In addition to the Skip a Week campaign, our winter watering restrictions of one-day-per-week on designated days allow sufficient irrigation to maintain healthy lawns. You’ll know if your lawn needs water when blades fold in half, turn blue-gray or leave footprints.

Now is a great time to train your lawn to sip water instead of guzzling it. You can learn more about Skip a Week on our website at www.sjrwmd.com/skipaweek. You’ll also find tips on year-round water conservation and efficient irrigation at www.sjrwmd.com/water-conservation.

Job postings

We have great job opportunities at the district.

College internships (multiple locations), Environmental Scientist I (Apopka), Senior Trades Worker (Palm Bay), Engineer I/II (Palm Bay), Land Management Technician (Bayard), Trades Worker (Palm Bay), Technical Program Manager (Palatka)

For more information visit: www.sjrwmd.com/jobs.

Water conservation tip

This week in district social media

If you aren’t following the district on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, here are some of the things you may have missed this week….

  • We kicked off our Skip a Week campaign. Did you know you can help save a million gallons of water this winter by skipping every other week of irrigation? Check out our video at https://youtu.be/fYmRGgjSTSY
  • Earn while you learn! Work alongside our staff in the Division of Water Supply Planning and Assessment or Division of Water and Land Resources. Apply by Dec. 14. www.sjrwmd.com/jobs #internships
  • Thanks to our public works crews, damage from rain and construction traffic along the Clay Island portion of the Lake Apopka Loop Trail (Lake Apopka North Shore) has been quickly repaired. Enjoy this public land that straddles Lake and Orange counties! Details: www.sjrwmd.com/lands/recreation/lake-apopka
  • Public lands and honey bees are a natural pairing. Through our apiary lease program, we are helping to protect honey bees, flowering plants and the economic benefits they provide. Read in StreamLines and view on YouTube.

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