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Posted on: April 29, 2022

Reclaimed Water

Residents who have reclaimed water have an option to use their potable water to irrigate their lawn and landscapes when reclaimed water is not available.

 

Did you know that not all residents of Mount Dora use the same source of water to irrigate their lawns? Irrigation water for our residents come from two sources: potable (drinking) water which comes from our Water Treatment Plants and reclaimed water which comes from our Wastewater Treatment Plants.

 

Wastewater Treatment Plants produce reclaim water through recycling wastewater at an average rate of 1.5 million gallons per day. This water supply is not unlimited. The currently spring dry conditions and heat have significantly increased reclaimed water demand. This demand for reclaimed water is resulting in our demand for reclaimed water being greater than our supply of reclaimed water. In the past, the City was able to supplement reclaimed water supplies with an augmentation well. Unfortunately, the utility is not immune to the current supply issues and the pump in the augmentation well is in the shop. As a result, our residents using reclaimed water may experience reclaimed water shortages when the tank runs dry. The residents and businesses of Mount Dora, are asked to use reclaimed irrigation water sparingly and share the resource until the augmentation well can be repaired to supplement the supply again.

 

To help minimize the rapid reduction in reclaimed water supplies, The City asks that residents using reclaimed Water follow the City’s Irrigation Guidelines:

                -irrigate only on your assigned irrigation days

                                Homes with odd numbered or no addresses= Wednesday & Saturday

                                Homes with even numbered addresses = Thursday & Sunday

                                Non-residential Commercial Properties = Tuesday & Friday

-do not irrigate between 10:00 am and 4:00pm (as this is the hottest part of the day and any water that you apply to the ground is evaporating)

-irrigate no more than ¾” per irrigation zone on each day that irrigation occurs

Exceptions to these guidelines involve new sod and certain Communities.

                Country Club of Mount Dora and Loch Leven

                                Addresses ending in:     

                                                0,1, 2 or 3: Tuesday and Friday

                                                4, 5 or 6: Wednesday and Saturday

                                                7, 8 or 9: Thursday and Sunday

                                                Common Areas: Monday and Thursday

                Edgewater, Park Forest and Stafford Springs

                                2nd to the last street addresses digit:

                                                0, 1 or 2: Tuesday and Friday

                                                3, 4, 5: Wednesday and Saturday

                                                6, 7, 8 or 9: Thursday and Sunday

 

Residents who use potable water to irrigate are also asked to follow the above guidelines.

 

Residents who have reclaimed water have an option to use their potable water to irrigate their lawn and landscapes when reclaimed water is not available.

 

The City is actively seeking alternative means to supplement the reclaimed water supply. The City appreciates your understanding and adherence to the above irrigation guidelines during this dry season.  


If you have further questions regarding reclaimed water, please contact the Public Works Department at 352-735-7151.


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