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Fire Risk May Be Lower But Severe Drought Conditions Remain, Code Enforcement Ramping Up Inspections

HERNANDO – A recent burn ban may have been lifted but officials remind residents that water restrictions still apply.

Over the last few months, severe drought conditions led to hundreds of wildfires, thousands of scorched acres, and burn bans across many Florida counties. Hernando County Officials recently lifted a burn ban after receiving a few days of heavy rains but Hernando County Officials warn residents that we still have a shortage of water and restriction are going to be enforced.

According to officials, Hernando County will be ramping up code enforcement efforts in response to the Modified Phase lll water shortage restrictions put in place by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Starting on June 5th, Code Enforcement staff will be conducting watering sweeps to ensure residents are following the new rules.Watering days and times are not affected for Hernando County residents because of an ordinance that already requires year-round, one-day-per-week watering; however, the new restrictions will affect the following:

Car Washing

*    Residential car washing is limited to once-per-week on the designated watering day for the location.

*    Fundraising events are prohibited unless they were scheduled prior to enactment of this order.

Pressure Washing

*    Pressure washing is allowed once a year and for necessary purposes, such as prior to painting or sealing, to maintain a paint or material warranty, to address a health or safety hazard and to comply with health laws.

Fountains

*    Fountains and other aesthetic water features may only operate eight hours per day. The regular hours of operation can be selected by the owner, but must be posted.

Other Water Uses

*    Sprinkler-like devices used on a lawn for recreational purposes shall be limited to your watering day.

*    The lawn and landscape of agricultural operations, commercial establishments, golf courses, athletic fields, and industrial facilities are subject to the lawn and landscape restrictions listed in the Water Shortage Order.

*    Additional restrictions apply to water uses specific to agricultural operations, commercial establishments, golf courses, athletic fields, and industrial facilities.

Deed Restrictions & Community Standards Enforcement

*    Homeowners associations and other entities must suspend any requirement to replace lawns, pressure wash, or engage in other activity which increases water use during this water shortage declaration.

Officials have provided the following website for more information on water restrictions. www.WaterMatters.org/conservation/restrictions

In other “water” news, officials have announced the closing of The Lake Townsen Park and Nobleton Park public boat ramps on the Withlacoochee River. Boat traffic is temporarily prohibited due to low water levels. The ramps will remain open for launching kayaks and canoes.

Minor ramp repairs will be made during the temporary closures, say officials.

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  • Dennis J is right if you see the beautiful green lawns in a gated community they are watering more than once a week. St Augustine grass loves water and the HOAs live the color green

    Saturday, 3 June 2017, 7:27 pm
    • I don’t live in a gated community, but have St. Augustine that gets watered once a week-or longer, 45 minutes on each section, which is about 1″. Looks really nice-don’t have to water more than once a week to have a nice lawn.

      Sunday, 4 June 2017, 6:10 pm
  • I think they should have left the burn ban in effect a little longer. There are still parts of the County that are very dry. Also, what is the rules on burning garbage, that is clearly what my neighbor is doing.

    Friday, 2 June 2017, 2:23 pm
  • So, if watering days only fall on Monday thru Friday, does that mean that kids will have to forego any birthday party play in the sprinklers event on weekends? Sounds like COMMUNISM to me! Maybe we should take a second look at how TAMPA is sucking the aquifer dry? Follow the money!

    Friday, 2 June 2017, 8:17 am
  • Why can HOA’s water when they want to. Their no difference than us. Like Mike & Fiddlestix says, if you don’t drive around at night you’re not going to curb this. People that have wells think they can water anytime. Just look at the Dark Rich Green Grass around and you know who’s watering more than once a week.

    Friday, 2 June 2017, 8:01 am
    • Agree!! There are people down the street from us that water all night long. My husband tried to get them to turn their water off but they think it doesn’t matter because they have a well. I don’t understand the fountain thing if it’s the same water recycling….at least moving water prevents mosquito breeding..?

      Monday, 5 June 2017, 8:09 am
  • House in neighborhood has 2 fountains running 24/7 in t their backyard. HOW WILL DRIVNG AROUND STOP THAT???

    Friday, 2 June 2017, 12:06 am
  • Not going to do a link of good to try and enforce unless you drive around at night.

    Thursday, 1 June 2017, 9:31 pm
  • About Time! Just have an enforcer drive around at night. The fines he will generate could pay a workers cost ten times over.
    The fines will pay for the extra workers.

    Thursday, 1 June 2017, 4:47 pm

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