It’s the end of Daylight Saving Time, which means we “fall back” one hour. The St. Johns River Water Management District’s watering restrictions also change to ensure the efficient use of water for landscape irrigation. Now that we’re in Eastern Standard Time, homes with odd numbered addresses water on Saturday and homes with even numbered addresses water on Sunday. Click here for additional information from the St. Johns River Management District regarding watering restrictions.

Regardless of the time of year, it’s important for all Floridians to practice water conservation. Fortunately, it’s easy to do once you grasp the basics. These simple household tips will be a matter of habit in no time:

Saving Water Outdoors

  • When washing your car, use a spray nozzle so you can stop water flow between rinses.
  • Clean driveways and sidewalks with a broom instead of a hose.
  • Check for leaks in outdoor faucets, pipes and hoses. Repair any leaks promptly.
  • Cover your pool or spa to reduce evaporation.
  • Check for pool and spa leaks. Make repairs promptly.
  • Choose Florida-friendly plants for your landscaping projects.

 

Saving Water Inside Your Home

  • Repair leaking faucets and toilets.
  • Install water-saving flush valves in toilets.
  • Install water-saving shower heads.
  • Take short showers, or turn off the water while shampooing your hair or cleaning your body.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Wash only full loads in dishwasher and clothes washer.
  • Recycle water rather than pouring it down the drain. (For instance, used water from a fish tank is good for watering plants.)
  • Don’t flush the toilet just to get rid of trash.
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly.
  • When you wash dishes by hand, fill up the sink with water and turn off the faucet.