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'Water watchers' to enforce lawn-watering restrictions in Orange

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It's the time of year when water restrictions are even tougher on lawns than summer, and now Orange County plans to spend more than $300,000 over the next three years on people to enforce those restrictions. 

Hank Largin with the St. Johns River Water management District says all of Central Florida should only be watering their lawns once a week.

"Odd addresses water on Saturday, even addresses water on Sunday, and no watering between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and that's year round."

With so many people ignoring those restrictions, Orange County has contracted out what they call "water watchers."

Water Manager Jacqueline Torbert with the Orange County Utilities Division says they are not really sprinkler "cops."

"What we decided to do was spend some time trying to get people aware of how much water they're actually using, and then to help them and provide tools to them to make sure that they are staying within some kind or range, reasonable range of use of that water," Torbert said.

While Torbert said enforcement is not their most important job, you don't want them to catch you violating water restrictions more than once.

"We will educate first. That's always the first thing we would do, and if we find them again, a soft fee of about $25. If we find them again, another soft fee of $25."

Torbert says the most common find: "Typically people don't know how to set their timers"

The County will send the watchers out to fix your timers for you at no charge by calling 407-254-9850, or visiting the website:



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