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Old 06-14-2019, 10:15 AM
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The term "reclaimed water" is often used to describe treated waste water from a sewage treatment plant. If this is what you mean, "reclaimed water" is not used for residential irrigation in The Villages. It is, however, used for golf course irrigation.

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Water use depends on, how much you water. When it is hot and dry, little rain, you need to water more to keep your grass green.
Obviously, a larger lawn will need more water to cover than a smaller one. Then run time to apply what you have decided is the needed amount of water depends on the heads you have and the water pressure you have.

You can not worry about all the above. Scatter cans around you lawn. Washed cat food, tuna type cans work great and you can easily measure how much water comes out in a known time as well as how evenly your lawn is covered. Once you know the problems, you can find and correct the issue. You could have blocked heads.
Missing heads-they are often hit by mowers or plants blocking the head pattern.

As to cost. We actually have at least two different systems in The Villages. In the north they are using drinking quality water for lawn irrigation. In the southern sections it is reclaimed water that is not purified enough to drink-a separate system al together.
On the reclaimed system those who use more water actually pay more per gallon. Sort of like a graduated tax. Your price per gallon starts at the least expensive rate and as you use up each block, it goes to the next higher rate per gallon. If, you call your water supplier surely they can explain it, better than I, tailored to your particular bill.
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Old 06-14-2019, 11:01 AM
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What is a good substitute native plant for these grasses that does not need watering? The irrigation in TV seems to not only cost a lot of money but also probably contributes to sinkholes. In the city my front lawn is beautifully landscaped no special watering required. A little weeding, a little mulch. Done.
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Old 06-14-2019, 11:07 AM
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Too, bad we can't use "astro" turf, in most of the postage stamp was in TV , it would be a very economical & eco-friendly way to go, no mowing, no irrigation, no fertilization, no weeds, etc--
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Old 06-14-2019, 11:24 AM
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Too, bad we can't use "astro" turf, in most of the postage stamp was in TV , it would be a very economical & eco-friendly way to go, no mowing, no irrigation, no fertilization, no weeds, etc--
I thought artificial turf was allowed. When I first moved in, I got a quote for it, but it was very expensive.
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Old 06-14-2019, 11:42 AM
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What would have been break even, subtract irrigation, subtract maintenance & mowing-we have to spend @ least $2000./year in 10 yrs e have spent $20K
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Old 06-14-2019, 11:53 AM
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What is a good substitute native plant for these grasses that does not need watering?
We have replaced virtually all of our grass with Asian jasmine. It stays low (there is also a dwarf version) and covers the ground quickly, blocking out the weeds. The Villages uses it a lot around trees. We have been able to drop Massey pest control and green up, and cut watering times in half.

We presented a plan of the garden to Architectural Review, who are very keen on things like this and approved it at their next weekly meeting.
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Old 06-14-2019, 11:53 AM
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You should not water over two times a week in the summer (and have system off most or all of the rainy season) and one time in the winter months.
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Old 06-14-2019, 11:55 AM
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OP here, to answer a few questions, we have a corner lot but not large, maybe 8,000 sq ft., with a designer home approx. 2000 sq. ft. Last statement said we used 40,000 gallons. No water running down street and no apparent leaks that I can see. System was checked and all heads function properly and are aimed correctly. System set up to water 3 days per week. I am thinking cut back watering to twice per week. I have already turned the water sensor back on.
We have a similar situation (corner lot, not large, designer approximately 2000 sq ft). In May we used 13,500 gallons for irrigation.

That's for four zones, 2 cover large areas of the lawn, one covers a smaller lawn area plus some shrubs and the other covers only shrubs. The first 3 are set to run 45 minutes. The latter 25. We water twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays per the schedule prescribed for our lot on The Villages Water Wisdom site (Am I the only one who follows that?).
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Old 06-14-2019, 12:22 PM
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Most likely, 3 x a weeks 41 minutes for 3 zones, 4 th zone 20 minutes for shrubs
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Old 06-14-2019, 12:37 PM
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With Solar Sync active and set at default "3 5" (this will give you typically 50% of your total runtime), set turf to 40 min. and plants to 15 min. Set to run every other day. You can usually just turn off the system from mid-June to mid-Sept. May and October, set it to run everyday.

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