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Florida Water StarSM Technical Manual

Irrigation system criteria

General design

No permanent irrigation

Example of a temporary irrigation system

Example of a temporary irrigation system.

Background

Unirrigated landscape areas continue to gain traction as a significant water efficiency practice for water conservation. This practice relies on careful design of landscape beds and turf grass/ground cover areas, and correct installation and establishment of site- appropriate plants. These types of well-designed landscapes should survive with minimal irrigation beyond establishment and can often be limited to hand watering during dry periods.

Most new landscapes require some establishment irrigation. Strategies for applying establishment irrigation vary widely and should be both effective and removed in a timely manner.

Requirements and certification

Landscape has reduced or no permanent irrigation system.

Percent of Landscape

Silver

Gold

Commercial/​Institutional

100

NA

35 points

NA

75

NA

30 points

NA

50

NA

25 points

NA

25

NA

20 points

NA

Temporary irrigation systems are permitted for landscape plant establishment. After establishment, plants should be able to survive on rainfall alone during normal conditions. Therefore, an irrigation system must be verified as temporary in an area that receives credit for having no permanent irrigation.

Temporary irrigation components must comply with the following:

  • Not be supplied by buried polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe
  • Be separate from any type of permanent irrigation system
  • Have written instructions for removal, including removal date

Applicants shall notify the Florida Water StarSM certifier of the temporary irrigation disconnection. An email will suffice to meet this requirement.

Areas that do not have permanent in-ground irrigation should be indicated on the irrigation drawing.

The certifier shall verify that no permanent irrigation system is installed and establishment irrigation systems are designed for removal.

St. Johns River Water Management District
4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177
800-725-5922