Water being a finite resource, it’s important for all Floridians to conserve it. Fortunately, it’s easy to do once you grasp the basics. Just follow these 17 simple tips:
Saving Water Outdoors
- For lawn irrigation, follow the watering restrictions set by the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD). In short, lawn watering is limited to one day per week during Eastern Standard Time and two days during Daylight Saving Time. Water only when needed and not between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Click here to view the SJRWMD’s irrigation efficiency guidelines.
- 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 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.