December 04, 2016
Cape Coral urges watering compliance
Cape Coral officials are encouraging residents to conserve water or face tighter restrictions.
Unusually dry conditions, lack of rain and overuse have led to water levels in canals dropping, the city reports. Shallow, cheap drinking water aquifers have dropped as much as 9 feet in Lee County since 1995, which leads the state.
"During the winter, lawns do not require as much water as in the summer months," said Utilities Director Jeff Pearson. "The watering schedule provides residents with two days each week, four hours each day to water their lawns, which is enough to maintain landscaping.
Cape Coral has a mandatory two-day watering schedule.
Residents are using more than 40 million gallons of irrigation water on scheduled watering days, compared to 29 million at this time last year.
About 20 percent is used during non-watering hours, which are from 8 a.m. to midnight.
A news release showed that Tuesday, a non-watering day, residents consumed almost 18 million gallons.
The city's irrigation supply comes from reclaimed wastewater and freshwater canals. The watering mandate is for all residents, even those using private wells.
Here is the schedule:
Addresses ending in "0": Midnight to 4 a.m. Monday and Friday.
Addresses ending in "1": 4 to 8 a.m. Monday and Friday.
Addresses ending in "3" and "5": Midnight to 4 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday.
Addresses ending in "7" and "9": 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday.
Addresses ending in "2" and 4": Midnight to 4 a.m. Thursday and Sunday.
Addresses ending in "6" and "8": 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. Thursday and Sunday.
Those non-residential entities, duplexes and other multi-family units may water from midnight to 8 a.m. Monday and Friday.