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Water Conservation Recomendation  
SFWMD Encourages Southwest Florida Water Users to Conserve
Water Amid Continued Dry Conditions
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The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is encouraging
residents and businesses in Lee and Collier counties and throughout
Southwest Florida to continue to practice water conservation measures
to protect the region’s aquifers and water resources as the region enters the
heart of the annual dry season. 

In South Florida, most of the water we use comes from underground aquifers,
including in Lee and Collier counties where dry conditions have led to lower
water levels in some of the aquifers providing water supply. Conserving water
helps to ensure adequate supply for all from these underground aquifers
throughout the dry season.

The majority of residential water use occurs outdoors with landscape irrigation
accounting for approximately 50 percent of home water use. One of the most
important things local residents can do to protect our regional water sources
is to adjust irrigation controller settings to ensure it operates in accordance
with local irrigation ordinances and inspect their irrigation systems. Learn
your irrigation days and times by visiting Lawn Watering Restrictions
Irrigation systems should be free of leaks and be in good working order.
SFWMD encourages residents to turn off irrigation systems when rainfall is projected.

Residents can learn more about things they can do around the house to conserve water:
Ensure automatic irrigation control rain sensors are operating properly.

Install aerators in kitchen and bathroom sinks.

Install water efficient, ENERGY STAR labeled appliances like dishwashers and
washing machines and WaterSense labeled high-efficiency water fixtures such as
shower heads, bathroom faucets and toilets.

Landscape the Florida-Friendly way by planting low maintenance plants using
environmentally sustainable practices.

Don’t overfill your pool. Maintaining a reasonable water level reduces the amount
of water lost to splashing. 

Wash only full loads of laundry.

Thaw frozen food in the refrigerator.

Don’t rinse your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher.
Run only full loads of dishes.

By reducing irrigation demands and conserving water, residents can slow the aquifer’s
water level decline until the rainy season begins. SFWMD scientists will continue to
closely monitor aquifer conditions and may recommend additional actions to protect
our region’s water resources.

Media Contact: 
Randy Smith |  [email protected]   |  Office: 561-682-6197  |  Cell: 561-389-3386

The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages
the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state’s five water
management districts. Our mission is to safeguard and restore South Florida’s water resources and
ecosystems, protect our communities from flooding, and meet the region’s water needs while connecting
with the public and stakeholders.
Connect with us:
South Florida Water Management District · 3301 Gun Club Road · West Palm Beach, FL · 33406
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