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Why Have Restrictions on Well and Reclaimed Water?

There is no shortage of reclaimed or well water
There is no shortage of reclaimed or well water

SWFWMD was asked "Why restrictions on well and reclaimed water sources when there is no shortage of well or reclaimed water?

The SWFWMD answer was simple: To reduce the use of potable water, they restrict ALL irrigation.

Why Restrict All Irrigation?

SWFWMD enforces a blanket restriction on all irrigation for “practical considerations” described as:

  • Ease of Education
  • Ease of Enforcement
  • Improve Effectiveness of the restrictions on potable demand

In other words, the softer and easier way is to turn off everybody's irrigation. The goal is have the appearance of saving water. But restricting all irrigation does not save potable - restrictions destroy private property. They even acknowledge that fact but they consider the ends justify the means.

Do the Restrictions Work?

SWFWMD does not know. They only have their logical reasoning to justify their actions:

  • People use more potable water during hot dry weather
  • Lawns use more water during hot dry weather
  • Therefore if you reduce lawn watering, you reduce potable water usage.

Their logic is deeply flawed because most irrigated lawns depend on wells and reclaimed water for irrigation. Restrictions do make the bureaucrat's life easier and life miserable for the citizen.

Here is a simpler, easier way: Outlaw using potable water for lawns and landscapes!

This woud be easier than restricting all irrigation. How? There is this thing on every house called a water meter. A house using potable water for irrigation will use 1000's more gallons of water than normal households. Find those homes with city water irrigation and penalize them and stop penalizing reclaimed and well users. And stop destroying private property.


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Article by Rick Orr
APL Lawn Spraying Inc.

Rick Orr is the creator of, an Agronomist and the Owner/Operator of APL Lawn Spraying. Rick is a graduate from VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology). He has been a Golf Course Superintendent, Certified Arborist, Landscape Contractor, Irrigation Contractor and Adjunct Professor for Environmental Horticulture.

Rick is an expert at growing St Augustine turf. Since 1995, Rick has spent his time researching, developing and testing the best management practices for St Augustine turf grown in Pinellas County.

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