MARCO ISLAND — On Monday, City Council voted unanimously to approve new restrictions on the days and hours landscape irrigation can be utilized. However, council plans to revisit the issue at their next meeting in May.
The current watering restrictions adopted last year that allow for irrigation two days per week are out of compliance with those established by the South Florida Water Management District.
Under the newly adopted restrictions, irrigation is not allowed between 8 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Odd number residences may irrigate Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays between 12:01 a.m. to 8 a.m. Even numbered residences can use irrigation systems on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays between the same time period. Landscapes that have been installed for fewer than 90 days may be irrigated Monday through Friday between 12 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Council members suggested that having two separate irrigation periods during a 24 hour period, such as from 12:01 a.m. to 8 a.m. and then again from 8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. might be more beneficial in curbing the high cost of water usage and therefore save customers money.