I go to a temple where there is a shivling set on some soil at the base of a tree. So all the water poured goes in the root, and I feel good about giving the tree so much Shiva Nirmalaya to drink. Whenever I go to the temple, I try to pour water from a jug (lota) as many times as I can. Note that the water doesn't fall on the floor or anything, it goes into the soil and feeds the tree the Shiva Nirmalaya. However, today the priest stopped me and started to scold me saying (Hindi)
"Ye puja kar rahe ho ya mazak kar rahe ho. Ye tumhara paanchwa lota hai"
"Is this puja (worship) or a joke? This is your fifth jug (lota)."
So I was wondering if there is such a thing as overoffering water to the shivling? Can I offer water as many times as I want to the shivling or is there a limit of one or three or the number of letters in the panchakshari mantra or something like that?
EDIT : I want to know the scriptural injunctions regarding amount to be offered to the shivling. Just for the sake of more information, the temple I go to has a pipeline supply so there is no question of running out of water. I do admit that noone else pours as much water as me (11 lotas or mini-jugs). Also, there are many shivlings in the temple and at each one, multiple people can pour water at the same time, so I am not holding up the crowd or anything.
EDIT 2 : Some prescribed quantities are mentioned in this answer - https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/17187/16709 - but it is also mentioned that Shukracharya did Abhishek "a thousand times".