Water, Lakes and Irrigation
Our community has eleven lakes and uses a system of five pumping stations to draw water from select lakes for irrigation. Our irrigation needs cannot be met by rainfall alone, so to supplement our needs we have a system of four wells running 24/7 during the dry season. During most years rain and well water cannot meet our irrigation needs and watering restrictions may be imposed.
To help protect Florida’s water precious water supply our lawn watering is regulated by Lee County. The county restricts the days on which we can water and how many days a week watering is allowed. Fines can be imposed by the County for failing to follow these guidelines.
Homes are allowed to water two days per week on the following schedule
Odd number houses (last digit of address is an odd number)
Wednesdays & Saturdays from 12:01 AM to 9:00 AM or 5:00 PM to midnight
Even number houses (last digit of address is an even number)
Thursdays & Sundays from 12:01 AM to 9:00 AM or 5:00 PM to midnight
Homeowners determine when they want their irrigation system to start watering. As our huge pumps can only take care of about 15 homes before their performance is reduced or the pumps shut down we recommend you consider starting your irrigation during the early morning hours.
There are two types of sprinkler heads, pop-ups and rotaries. For the months of April, though November we recommend the following settings
· Pop ups 25 minutes
· Rotaries 30 minutes
During the months of December, January, February and March the days are shorter, the temperatures cooler and our lawns need less water. In fact overwatering our lawns during these months or at any time can be harmful as it can lead to a shallow root system. During December, January, February and March we recommend the following sprinkler settings.
· Pop ups 15 to 20 minutes
· Rotaries 20 to 25 minutes.
Home irrigation control boxes have a seasonal adjustment feature to achieve the same thing. Just set your seasonal adjustment to 50% for these four months.
Your irrigation control box has a nine volt battery to protect your irrigation schedule. We recommend you change the battery annually when replacing your homes fire alarm batteries.
System maintenance and new lawns.
As our pumps are shut down between the hours of 9am to 5pm a call to the association office (239-491-2767) is necessary to have the pumps turned on so you or your irrigation contractor can perform necessary work on your system.
Newly sodded lawns may be watered daily for thirty days to allow their root systems to become established. Call the association office and the pump schedule will be adjusted to accommodate your need. Follow the sprinkler setting guidelines for April through November, above.
In the event of an irrigation line break after normal business hours or on weekends, please call the guard at: 239.368.7337 with the address and location of the break. The guard will notify the irrigation contractor of the problem. During regular business hours, please call Property manager, Paul Braid, at 239.491.2767.