District asks homeowners to skip a week of irrigation

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has launched a campaign encouraging residents who irrigate their lawns to skip a week of watering in the cooler months of December, January and February.

Grass doesn't need to be watered as much during the cooler months, according to research by the University of Florida.

One-half to three-quarters of an inch of water every 10-14 days is sufficient, the water management district said in a press release.

Skipping a week of watering will help conserve drinking water supplies. All 16 counties in the water management district, including Manatee, are under one-day-per-week lawn watering restrictions through February.