Outdoor Watering Stage Variances
Cherokee’s watering schedule is divided into two seasons: non-irrigation and irrigation. The non-irrigation season consists of Winter Stage and covers the dormancy period, November 1st through March 31st, for turf and most plants. Precipitation during this time is generally sufficient to maintain turf health in preparation for the growing season. Since unpredictable precipitation is common in our region, Winter Stage provides an opportunity for additional irrigation if necessary.
The irrigation season consists of four stages and covers the growing season, April 1st through October 31st, for the region. Each year prior to the irrigation season, the Board of Directors selects the stage based on the available water supply and anticipated irrigation demands. Each stage allows for lawn irrigation ranging from no outside watering to a maximum of three days per week. Since the implementation of our water conservation plan in 2006, Stage 1 has been used with the exception of 2007, when Stage 4 was implemented for one week.
Applying the Rules
In addition to lawn watering guidelines, each stage specifies rules for sod/seed permits, the watering of trees, flowers, shrubs and gardens, and car washing.
Watering schedules are based on available supply and irrigation demand and therefore are subject to change at anytime.
The District uses roving water monitors to help ensure conservation compliance. These monitors drive throughout the District at various hours and issue watering violations when a customer is found to be in violation of the established watering guidelines. Violations may be issued under the following conditions:
- Lawn watering outside of your assigned day(s)
- Watering between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Excessive watering
We do not consider this as a revenue source, but rather a tool to emphasize conservation. In fact, the compliance rate once a 1st Violation - Warning has been issued is 96%. Violation penalties are as follows:
- 1st Violation: Warning
- 2nd Violation: $50
- 3rd Violation: $100
- 4th Violation: $350
Subsequent violations will increase $250 each occurrence. Penalty fees will be applied to your account. Avoid unwanted violations by routinely checking your sprinkler system timers to ensure your system is running at the proper times. Lightning strikes, power outages and power surges are known to reset your programming to the original factory settings, especially in timers without a battery back-up.