§ 23-633. Definitions  

Effective on Tuesday, January 3, 2023
  • For the purposes of this Section, the following words, and terms shall have the meaning given herein:
    (1) Automatic irrigation system. An irrigation system designed to operate following a preset program entered into an automatic controller.
    (2) Automatic controller. A mechanical or electrical device capable of automated operation of valve stations to set the time, duration and frequency of a water application (Florida Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] Model Ordinance).
    (3) Certificate of Occupancy (CO). A formal document issued by the City of Lake Wales Building Official or assignee certifying a building’s compliance with applicable plans and specifications that were submitted to and approved by the permitting department of Lake Wales.
    (4) Distribution equipment. The water emitters on irrigation systems, including but not limited to sprinklers, rotors, spray heads and micro-irrigation devices.
    (5) ENERGY STAR®. A joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, with the purpose of reducing energy costs and protecting the environment, through energy- and water-efficient products and practices
    (6) Florida Water Star℠ Certificate of Compliance. A Florida water conservation certification program that is mandatory for new residential and commercial construction in Lake Wales which shall include indoor and outdoor water-efficient criteria and prevent leaks. 
    (7) Florida Water Star Inspector. Person that verifies Florida Water Star program criteria in accordance with program documents. Inspectors demonstrate sufficient knowledge to verify appropriate subcategories (irrigation, landscape and plumbing). Inspectors are permitted to use construction documents, affidavits, and field verification during the verification period. See Florida Water Star certification program process web page at FloridaWaterStar.com (Florida Water Star).
    (8) Florida Water Star Irrigation and Landscape Accredited Professional (AP). A landscape or irrigation professional who has successfully passed the Florida Water Star AP exam and is in good standing with the program (Florida Water Star).
    (9) Head-to-head spacing. Spacing of sprinkler heads so that each sprinkler throws water to the adjacent sprinkler (Irrigation Association [IA] Glossary).
    (10) High-volume irrigation. An irrigation system with a minimum flow rate per emitter of more than 30 gallons per hour (gph) or higher than 0.5 gallons per minute (gpm). High-volume is usually measured as gpm (Florida Water Star).
    (11) Irrigation professional. Any person installing or maintaining an irrigation system in the City of Lake Wales for payment from a customer.
    (12) Irrigation design professional. An irrigation design professional shall include state-licensed plumbers operating within the limits of the Florida Building Code, professional engineers or landscape architects licensed by the State of Florida, Florida Water Star Irrigation and Landscape Accredited Professionals and irrigation designers certified by the Irrigation Association or the Florida Irrigation Society.
    (13) Irrigation system. A set of components that may include the water source, water distribution network, control components, and other general irrigation equipment which has been installed to provide irrigation (Florida Water Star).
    (14) Landscaped area. The entire parcel less the building footprint, driveways, hardscapes, decks and patios, and nonporous areas (DEP Model Ordinance).
    (15) Licensed Irrigation Professional. An irrigation specialty contractor who obtains the irrigation specialty license from The Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board and maintains continuing education requirements.
    (16) Low-volume irrigation. Any emitter or sprinkler that applies less than 30 gallons per hour (gph) or 0.5 gallons per minute (gpm) (Florida Water Star).
    (17) Matched precipitation. Expressed in inches per hour, precipitation rate is the rate at which sprinklers apply water. Matched precipitation usually implies that all the sprinklers in a particular zone apply similar amounts of water to a given area (Florida Water Star). 
    (18) Micro-irrigation. The application of small quantities of water directly on or below the soil surface or plant root zone, usually as discrete drops, tiny streams, or miniature sprays through emitters placed along the water delivery pipes (laterals). Micro-irrigation encompasses a number of methods or concepts, including drip, subsurface, micro-bubbler, and micro-spray irrigation, previously known as trickle irrigation, low volume or low-flow irrigation (Appendix F, Florida Building Code).
    (19) Rotor. Sprinkler that rotates and specifically, a gear-driven sprinkler. Often delivers a thin stream of water in a circular pattern over a longer distance with a precipitation rate from 0.1 inches per hour to 1.5 inches per hour (Florida Water Star).
    (20) Side-strip sprinkler. Sprinkler nozzle that sprays a long, but narrow pattern. 
    (21) Spray head. Sprinkler head with a fixed orifice that does not rotate (Florida Water Star).
    (22) Substantial modification. Any modification to an existing irrigation system such that 50 percent or more of the irrigation system (by area) is replaced or altered. 
    (23) Temporary establishment irrigation. The temporary use of irrigation for the establishment of new vegetation that shall be removed once the plants are established or within two years, which occurs first.
    (24) WaterSense®. A program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote the use of water-efficient products and services (Florida Water Star).

(Ord. No. 2022-52, § 1, 1-03-23)