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Watering restrictions in place for most coastal towns

Due to the drought-like conditions, regional and local authorities have instituted lawn watering restrictions, effective March 26.  There are no restrictions on watering with reclaimed water.
Here is a list of when, and what, you can water.
Existing landscaping
Odd-numbered addresses may water lawns and landscapes on Wednesdays and Saturdays from midnight to 10 a.m. and/or 4 p.m. to midnight.
Even-numbered addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays from midnight to 10 a.m. and/or 4 p.m.  to midnight.
Residents and businesses with no street address or who irrigate both even and odd addresses, such as multifamily units and homeowners associations, follow even-numbered address guidelines.
New landscaping, sod or other plantings
New landscaping can be watered without regard to restrictions on the first day it is installed.
Landscaping in place from two to 30 days can be watered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and/or Sundays during the hours allowed for regular landscape irrigation.
Landscaping that has been in place from 31 days to 90 days can be water on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the hours allowed for regular landscape irrigation.
Additional watering days can only be used to benefit new landscaping. An entire irrigation zone may be watered only if it contains at least 50 percent new landscaping.
Applying lawn maintenance products
Landscape irrigation for watering-in fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides is allowed for one application unless the need for more than one application is stated by the product manufacturer
Highland Beach is exempt from water restrictions
Highland Beach is the only town exempt from the water restrictions because the town pumps all its water from the deep Floridan Aquifer.
The restrictions have been imposed on all other water users that draw water from either surface sources or from the much shallower Biscayne Aquifer.
Delray Beach surcharge
Delray Beach city code allows for an automatic 15 percent surcharge to be added for all potable water used in excess of 15,000 gallons when Phase I restrictions are implemented.
The surcharge will apply to Gulf Stream residents as well because Gulf Stream buys its water from Delray Beach.
Fines
Failure to observe water restrictions could result in fines starting at $100.
Use of reclaimed water
Because Delray Beach has run reclaimed water lines for irrigation from Atlantic Avenue to Beach Drive, those residences that connected are exempt from water restrictions. Those users still could incur the surcharge if their potable water use exceeds 15,000 gallons.
Boca Raton residents who have hooked up to reclaimed water lines, including the condos between the Boca Raton Bridge and the county line, also are exempt from the restrictions.
The Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club and the Boca Raton Resort and Club also use reclaimed water for irrigation and are exempt.

Sources: South Florida Water Management District, City of Delray Beach, City of Boca Raton.
For water-saving tips go to: www.sfwmd.gov.

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