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Irrigation Construction

Florida Department of Health in Volusia County Environmental Health

Watering Practices 

Saving water outdoors is simple and promotes healthier lawns and landscapes. A well-designed and properly maintained Florida landscape will stay beautiful with minimal care. Over 50 percent of the water used in Florida is for irrigation purposes. Approximately 65 percent of the water used for irrigation will evaporate before that day is over. Below is important information concerning landscape irrigation practices and water conservation or you can download the Know your watering days brochure.

  • Residential irrigation is not allowed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Irrigation is limited to no more than one hour and no more than three-quarters inch of water per zone per irrigation day. Restrictions apply to all water sources, including private wells and pumps, ground or surface water, and water from public and private utilities.

  • New plantings may be watered any time for 30 days, then every other day for another 30 days. Keep the store receipt for proof of purchase.

  • Hand watering is allowed any time with an automatic shutoff on the hose.

  • Watering in of chemicals is allowed any time within 24 hours of application and may not exceed a quarter-inch of water.

The Volusia County Council has adopted a summertime fertilizer ban and initiated other restrictions to protect the county’s waterways. Ordinance 2014-06 applies to all homes and businesses in Volusia County, except those in Deltona and DeBary, which have their own fertilizer ordinances. Gardens and compost are exempt.

Automatic landscape irrigation systems, regardless of the date of installation, must be equipped with functional rain-sensing devices or soil-moisture sensors.

Agricultural uses are exempt from the above, as long as they follow the agricultural water conservation requirements of the St. Johns River Water Management District.