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SFWMD Governing Board Proclaims April as Water Conservation Month


Today, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing
Board proclaimed April as Water Conservation Month. This annual
proclamation highlights SFWMD’s continuing efforts to conserve water and
ensure an 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
water conservation.

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 water
use all year long. 

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 days.

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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 when rainfall is meeting your landscape

Set an irrigation timer to run pursuant to your local irrigation ordinance
and do not irrigate during mid-day hours when evaporation is the highest.
Visit Lawn Watering Restrictions to learn more. 

-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.

Employ Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles by using low
maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices.

Learn more about the importance of water conservation.

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