In response to numerous residents’ requests for extended irrigation testing and repair hours, to allow irrigation service companies, home inspectors and residents to have extra time to test and repair individual homeowner irrigation systems, the Forest Creek Community Development District Board of Supervisors voted to extend irrigation pump station hours to 24 hours a day on Tuesdays and Saturdays to allow additional testing and repair periods. Per current SWFWMD and Manatee County Watering Restrictions, testing cannot exceed 10 minutes per zone, and the resident or repair technician, must be present during the testing to avoid possible fines from Manatee County Utilities, per both SWFWMD and Manatee County Regulations.
To compensate for the extra irrigation main pumping station run time, to allow residents to test and repair, or hire outside irrigation service and testing companies during the 24 hour periods on Tuesdays and Saturdays, the irrigation pumping station hours in Forest Creek will continue to be 7pm to 10am other days, except Tuesdays and Saturdays, which will now be 24 hour days. The pump station will also be scheduled off on Mondays to compensate for the additional run time, when no residential irrigation is permitted by SWFWMD and Manatee County Regulations.
Please refer to the SWFWMD and Manatee County Watering Restrictions listed in their memos, also provided on our website, to set your home irrigation systems to the proper watering days, according to even and odd house numbers, to prevent possible fines to you from the Manatee County Utility Department. The short version of the allowed schedule is odd house numbers irrigate on Wednesdays and Saturdays and even house numbers irrigate on Thursdays and Sundays.
Also, please remember that the automatic excess rain gauge shutoff system may activate and shut down the pumping station on any regular scheduled irrigation day, when rainfall is sufficient to activate the pumping station systems. This automatic system function limits the ability of the CDD to guarantee regular irrigation hours will be available on any regular scheduled irrigation day that rain shuts down the pumping station. These automated systems function to extend the life of our main pumping station and well systems, by reducing excess overwatering, until 2026, when our pump station and well is presently scheduled for major upgrades in our CDD Reserve Fund.