Nearly 50 Warnings Issued so far in Jacksonville for Bad Watering | Environment

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Nearly 50 Warnings Issued so far in Jacksonville for Bad Watering
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Nearly 50 Warnings Issued so far in Jacksonville for Bad Watering

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  The city is no longer lenient with those violating water rules.

The city adopted an irrigation ordinance in 2008 in an effort to conserve water. But it wasn't until June 2010 that code enforcers began issuing tickets since the city wanted to give residents time to get accustomed to the rules.

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"Our rule emulates what the state is doing, to be consistent with the other counties around us and essentially statewide," said Vincent Seibold, chief of the Environmental Quality Division.

Seibold said out of about 500 investigations, the city has issued 44 warning tickets and one $50 ticket so far. Investigations grow out of neighbors calling in tips.

"The first offense, we have to document, observe the offense, and we issue a warning," Seibold said.

After one warning, a second, witnessed offense gets you a $50 ticket. A third witnessed offense is $250.

"If you observe something that looks out of the ordinary for irrigation purposes, or even a busted sprinkler head - whatever it is  - call it in and we'll conduct an investigation," said Seibold.

Right now, there is no watering allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Odd-numbered addresses can water on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Even-numbers are on Thursdays and Sundays.  Non-residential addresses may water on Tuesdays and Fridays.

If you have questions about water rules or want to make reports, call 630-CITY.

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