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Outdoor Water Conservation

 

The NatureScape Irrigation Service (NIS) water conservation program provides irrigation system evaluations for select large properties in 20 cities and water districts.  The NIS team conducts a test of the irrigation system and and provides comprehensive recommendations for improving overall efficiency - saving water,  reducing run-off of pollutants and keeping canals and water bodies clean in our urban areas.


Current NatureScape Irrigation Services Partners:


Properties types: ​

  • ​Local government-owned properties (city hall, libraries, fire stations, etc.)
  • Public parks
  • Commercial businesses
  • Multi-family residential complexes


Results:
 

  • ​Water savings -  more than several 100,000 gallons annually per site and in some cases, over a million gallons
  • property managers save energy, time, and money​ with efficient irrigation systems
  • cleaner canals and waterbodies

Since 2005, the NIS team has completed over 3,000 evaluations with Actual Water Savings exceeding 1.5 billion gallons.​


Learn more:

If you are a large property manager or owner and are interested in learning more about the NIS program, please contact us​.  Services are available for properties within current partner locations, subject to approval by the partner-city/water district.​​
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Homeowners can save too! 

Here are a few simple things you can do to maintain a thriving, healthy landscape, and save water:

 

  • Use your irrigation system only when needed according to the schedule below. 
  • Cap off sprinkler heads that are watering mature established trees or shrubs.
  • Test your system - run each zone once a month to check for geysers, other visible breaks, or clogged/blocked heads.
  • Use the same brand and model sprinkler head in each zone (otherwise your distribution of water may be uneven, requiring additional watering time.)
  • Replace your rain sensor/rain shut-off device if it is more than 3 years old (the cork inserts are ineffective after just a few years; a new device is about $30 at most hardware stores.)
  • Speak to an irrigation professional about upgrading your irrigation system to include a soil moisture or evapotranspiration (ET) sensor (these are superior and last much longer than rain sensors, but cost a bit more.)​

 

Landscape Irrigation Schedule (existing landscapes)

In general, NO watering of lawns and landscapes is allowed on Monday, Tuesday, and Fridays.  Residences and businesses with an odd-numbered street address may water lawns and landscapes on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays, only before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. 


Residences and businesses with an even-numbered street address, no street address, or those who irrigate both even and odd addresses within the same zones, which may include multi-family units and homeowners’ associations, may water lawns and landscapes on Thursdays and/or Sundays, only before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.

 

Residences and businesses that use reclaimed water for irrigation are allowed to water any day only before 10 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. Special exceptions may also apply if using a smart irrigation soil moisture sensor controller.

 

 

Established Landscaping (older than 90 days)   -  watering allowed only before 10 am or after 4 pm

 
SU​N MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
even NO NO odd even NO odd
 

 

 

New Landscaping (up to 90 days old)  -  watering allowed only before 10 am or after 4 pm 

 
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
 <30
DAYS
yes ​ yes yes yes yes no yes
 30 TO
90 DAYS
no  yes no yes yes no yes
    
Mandatory Outdoor Water Conservation

Year-round irrigation restrictions are mandatory in Broward County for all cities.
Report a violation ​
Year-round landscape irrigation measures  -  Broward County Code of Ordinances
Mandatory Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Conservation Measures​  -  Rules of the South Florida Water Management District (pdf 130kb)

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​Outdoor Water Conservation Facts

The average single-family home (1/4 acre lot) can use approximately 225,000 gallons of water per year just for irrigation.   For most homes, that amounts to more water than used indoors. 


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Urban irrigation in Broward County accounts for approximately 57% (or 151 million gallons per day) of all water used.

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Every irrigation system should have a functioning rain shut-off device of some kind. This device prevents your irrigation system from operating when it is raining or has recently rained.  
(Florida Statute 373.62​ requiring this technology)


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