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March 7, 2014
Remember to water efficiently
With warmer weather and springtime planting under way, it is important to remember that water conservation is one of the most important strategies to help meet Florida’s water supply needs now and in the future.
Watering restrictions are in place throughout the year within the St. Johns River Water Management District’s 18-county region to ensure the efficient use of water for lawn and landscape irrigation.
Coinciding with the return to daylight saving time on March 9, landscape irrigation is allowed up to two days a week before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Landscape irrigation is limited to the following days:
- Wednesday and Saturday for residential landscape irrigation at addresses that end in an odd number or have no address
- Thursday and Sunday for residential landscape irrigation at addresses that end in an even number
- Tuesday and Friday for nonresidential landscape irrigation
In addition, irrigation is limited to ¾ inch of water per irrigation zone and to no more than one hour per irrigation zone on each day that irrigation occurs.
The restrictions apply to water withdrawn from ground or surface water, from a private well, or from a public or private water utility. Some exceptions apply, such as the use of water from a reclaimed water supply, which is allowed anytime except when a local government restricts the use of reclaimed water.
Landscape irrigation is limited to one day a week during Eastern Standard Time, which resumes Nov. 2, 2014.
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February 14, 2014
District accepting applications for cost-share projects
The District is accepting applications until March 31, 2014, for cost-share funding for projects that will provide:
- Nutrient-loading reduction in springsheds, the Indian River Lagoon and other water bodies
- Water conservation that reduces demands through irrigation efficiency or automated tracking of customer water use
- Water resource development that increases the source of available water
- Alternative water supply development that replaces existing or planned groundwater use
Funded projects must benefit one or more of the following District strategic initiatives:
- Springs Protection
- North Florida Water Initiative
- Central Florida Water Initiative
- Minimum Flows and Levels Prevention and Recovery
- Indian River Lagoon Protection
- Middle and Lower St. Johns River Water Quality Improvement
- Northern Coastal Basin
The District anticipates making at least $13 million available for cooperative funding in fiscal year 2014–2015 that begins Oct. 1, 2014. Application forms, evaluation criteria and other details are available on the District’s website.
February 11, 2014
Niagara Bottling permit modification expected to reduce impacts
The Governing Board on Feb. 11 approved a consumptive use permit renewal and modification for Niagara Bottling that is expected to reduce Niagara’s impacts on water resources in Lake County.
Niagara will be permitted to increase its daily withdrawal from 484,000 gallons of water per day (gpd) to 910,000 gpd, and shift its total withdrawal to the Lower Floridan aquifer by 2024. Prior to shifting to the Lower Floridan aquifer, Niagara must demonstrate that its use of water from the Lower Floridan aquifer will have a reduced hydrologic impact compared to its current Upper Floridan use. Should Niagara not shift all of its groundwater withdrawals to the Lower Floridan by 2024, the permitted allocation will be zero for both the Upper and Lower Floridan aquifers.
Under terms of the 20-year permit, Niagara agrees to begin reducing its withdrawal from the Upper Floridan by 2016 and gradually increasing its withdrawal from the Lower Floridan until 2024, when all withdrawals will be made from this source. A permit condition was also included that allows the permit to be revoked or the withdrawal reduced if aquifer tests demonstrate that water use from the Lower Floridan does not provide the benefit anticipated.