Florida County Adopts Restrictive Ordinance Affecting Irrigation

According to a report in The Dayton Beach News-Journal, Volusia County has enacted the strictest landscape ordinance in Central Florida. Volusia County now requires that up to 50 percent of a new home landscape include water-wise plants, rather than turfgrass.

While the ordinance does not actually restrict the amount of turfgrass that can be planted, it does restrict how much of the landscape can receive “high-volume irrigation.” Under the new ordinance, homeowners will only be allowed to irrigate half the landscape. Other Florida counties are expected to follow the Volusia County ordinance, seen by the Florida Legislature as a model for the state’s five water management districts.

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