Watering restrictions are not new to anyone living in Florida. Particularly along the western coastline. Earning much attention from the media due to the concern surrounding the potential damage that might result to lawns along with the argument that lawns irrigation uses too much of our fresh water supply.
It was common to hear through the grapevine that people would frequently violate the watering restrictions based on the low risk of being caught. The system relied on violators being turned in by neighbors or others passing by since there were not enough staff members to canvas the streets looking for the errant irrigation sprinkler. That is not the case any longer.
I came across an article in the Ocala newspaper that details plans by the St. Johns River Water Management District to hire a private company who will be responsible for monitoring a large portion of the district. It will be interesting to watch/listen to this develop as I have a feeling that many people have been ignoring the rules for one reason or another. That may not be safe to do from this point forward.