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:
* 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 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 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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