The City of Leesburg Water System was established more than a century ago. The water service area encompasses 26 square miles inside and outside the City limits, and serves approximately 37,300 residential customers and 2,000 commercial customers.
The water distribution system is primarily composed of 332 miles of water mains, one booster station facility, four ground storage tanks, and three elevated tanks. There are also two 10,000 hydro pneumatic tanks. Water is obtained from 15 Floridian aquifer wells.
Lawn watering is restricted to twice a week during this time of the year. Homes with odd-numbered or no addresses can water on Wednesday and Saturday. Even-numbered addresses can water on Thursday and Sunday. Non-residential properties can water on Tuesday and Friday. Some residents have different assigned irrigation schedules that should be followed.
Remember to always conserve whenever possible. It’s good for Florida’s environment. It’s also good for your budget - the more you use, the more your water bills will increase.
Water only as much as your lawn needs. Do not water between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Do not water during rainy weather (make sure your automatic irrigation system’s rain sensor is working), and make sure to only water your yard – avoid spraying onto streets or vehicle driveways.
For more information, visit the St. Johns River Water Management District website at www.sjrwmd.com/wateringrestrictions.
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Did you know that a typical homeowner uses more than half of their water outside each month to keep grass and plants growing?
On average, you should water no more than three quarters of an inch for each application – roughly 30 minutes of watering depending on the irrigation system. Try to go longer periods between watering to encourage deep root growth and a lawn that is more tolerant to dry weather.
Properly maintain automated irrigation systems. Be sure to replace broken sprinkler heads with the appropriate size and type of device to most efficiently irrigate that area of your lawn. Replace old sprinkler gaskets to prevent leaks. Properly adjust sprinkler heads to provide correct coverage and to avoid crossing streets, driveways or sidewalks.
Make sure that your automated irrigation controller is programmed to water the proper amount of time only on scheduled days. Florida law requires rain sensors to turn off irrigation systems during rainy periods - replace sensors every 2-3 years and test them routinely for accuracy.
Sensors should not be clogged or obstructed by leaves or debris. To test them, first turn on your irrigation sprinklers. You can press a test button on many sensors that will shut off the sprinklers. You also may use a hose to spray the rain sensor – once it receives enough water, the sprinklers should stop. If the sensor does not shut off sprinklers, repair or replace it.
Use drought resistant landscaping. Do not cut more than one-third of your grass length at one time. Use a broom or blower - not a water hose - to clean sidewalks and driveways. Never push yard clippings into the street or storm drains.
Garden hoses can release up to 12 gallons a minute. Use a spray nozzle or shut-off device to control the flow.