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Wait to Water

1/24/2013 11:40:58 AM

Contact: Public Utilities, (727) 562-4960


Jan. 24, 2013


Heather Parsons

(727) 562-4708

Wait to Water

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Lawns need less water during the cooler months. That's why the Public Utilities department is encouraging residents to participate in the "Skip a Week" Program. If you irrigate your lawn, water it less during the fall and winter months. According to research by the University of Florida, three-quarters of an inch of water every ten to 14 days is sufficient for a healthy, vibrant lawn.

Homeowners can determine when their grass needs water when:

- Grass blades are folded in half on 30 percent of the lawn

- Grass blades are blue-gray

- A footprint remains on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it

Skipping a week of irrigation will help encourage grass blades to root deeper into the ground; it also will conserve drinking water supplies. Following this conservation program saves water that the public needs during the dry season.

For more information about the "Skip a Week" program, current water conditions, or Clearwater's watering restrictions, visit or call (727) 562-4960.