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Date of Issue: May 11, 2006

Remember these watering limitations

Yes, even though we're in the midst of our annual drought, it's important to remember that we are under year-round watering limits from regional officials.

Those annual bans are focused on lawns, one of the biggest sources of water usage in our area, according to the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Basically, you've got two days per week to water your grass, if you need to at all.

According to Swiftmud: "Even numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays and/or Saturdays.

"Odd numbered addresses, and locations where no address can be determined, may water on Wednesdays and/or Sundays.

"Watering must be accomplished before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

"Certain exemptions and exceptions apply, including the ability to use low-volume irrigation to water non-lawn areas on other days of the week.

"New plant material may be irrigated any day during a 60-day establishment period."

There are other provisions for agriculture, golf courses, and other water users, according to the agency.

For further information, contact Swiftmud at executive@swfwmd.state.fl.us, or call from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at (800) 848-0499.