Check Your Irrigation Timer When You 'Fall Back' to Standard Time

News Release

The "Southwest Florida Water Management District(Southwest Florida Water Management District)":/ is reminding residents to check the timers on their irrigation system controllers this weekend, which is the end of Daylight Saving Time.

Saturday night is when we will turn our clocks back one hour. The time change is also a good time to make sure irrigation system timers are set correctly to ensure that the systems operate consistently with current water restrictions.

Under the District's current year "Phase I water shortage restrictions":/conservation/restrictions/swfwmd.php, lawn and landscape watering remains limited to a two-day-per-week schedule, and residents may only water before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. Some local governments have stricter ordinances limiting lawn watering to one day per week or using different watering hours, so always refer to "your local government or utility restriction guidelines":/conservation/restrictions first.

Know and follow your local watering restrictions, but don't water just because it's your day. Irrigate your lawn when it shows signs of stress from lack of water. Pay attention to signs of stressed grass:

* Grass blades are folded in half lengthwise on at least one-third of your yard.

* Grass blades appear blue-gray.

* Grass blades do not spring back, leaving footprints on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it.

For additional information about water restrictions and water conservation, please contact your local utility or visit the District's website at "":/conservation