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SFWMD Governing Board Declares April Water Conservation Month
Helpful tips to conserve water during Water Conservation Month
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board
declared April as Water Conservation Month today. This annual proclamation
highlights SFWMD’s continuing efforts to conserve water and ensure ample
supply now and in the future.
Florida has observed Water Conservation Month since 1998 to highlight how
each of us can do our part, in the little ways and the big ways, to conserve water
to make sure we all have enough.
Around 3 billion gallons of water are used every day in Central and Southern
Florida by 9 million residents and visitors – for watering lawns, drinking and
bathing, growing crops and servicing industries. Future water demands are
projected to increase to approximately 4.1 billion gallons per day by 2040.
One of the most effective ways to address increasing water needs is through
During Water Conservation Month, the SFWMD joins with local governments
throughout our 16-county region to raise awareness about the importance of water
conservation and the ways residents and businesses can reduce our water use all
With approximately 50 percent of residential water used for irrigation, it is
important to irrigate efficiently. To promote more efficient irrigation and conservation,
SFWMD passed a year-round Landscape Irrigation Rule that limits the days and hours
allowed for landscape irrigation. The year-round Landscape Irrigation Rule is a component
of the District’s Comprehensive Water Conservation Program, which was established to
encourage more responsible use of water resources throughout South Florida.
The SFWMD is also encouraging all local governments to adopt a local irrigation
ordinance following the District’s year-round rule restricting irrigation to two or three day.
Homeowners can use these simple tips to save water both inside and outside their home:
-Make sure your rain sensor device is working properly to prevent your irrigation system
from running in the rain.
–Set an irrigation timer to run only two or three days per week pursuant to your local
irrigation ordinance and no irrigation between 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Learn more about
Lawn Watering Restrictions.
-Install a “smart” irrigation controller that uses weather data or soil moisture information
to decide when and how much irrigation is needed for your yard.
–Fix leaks. Finding and fixing water leaks conserves water, saves money and protects your
home from damage.
–Landscape the Florida-Friendly Way by planting low maintenance plants using
environmentally sustainable practices.
Learn more about the importance of water conservation.
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