New to the area and concerned about a water shortage?

Welcome to the Sunshine State! You join more than 1,000 people moving to Florida each day so it’s crucial to recognize the importance of water conservation. Water is a limited resource in Florida, and every individual plays a role in its protection. Whether you’re a homeowner or part of a community, the decisions you make regarding landscaping choices, lawn watering practices, and overall water usage can have a significant impact.

Despite South Florida receiving approximately 53 inches of rainfall annually, our unpredictable weather patterns can lead to rapid shifts from saturation to drought conditions. Water conservation efforts are essential to ensure a consistent and reliable water supply throughout the year.

The increasing population in Florida inevitably leads to rising demands. Currently, the average person in Florida uses approximately 128 gallons of water per day. With more people moving to the area, this demand is expected to continue growing. Projections indicate that by 2040, Florida will require approximately 4.1 billion gallons of water per day to meet the needs of its residents and stakeholders.

Managing this growing demand for water presents significant challenges, especially considering the state’s limited freshwater resources and the need to balance environmental conservation with human needs. To address this issue effectively, sustainable water management practices, including conservation measures and efficient use of existing water sources, will be crucial in ensuring a reliable water supply for Florida’s future.

By adopting smart water conservation practices at home, you can contribute to the overall effort to conserve water resources. Here are some ways you can make a difference:

  1. Florida-Friendly Landscaping: Designing and maintaining landscapes that are adapted to Florida’s climate and soil conditions can reduce the need for water, fertilizer, pesticides, and maintenance. Using native plants, drought-tolerant species, and incorporating efficient irrigation techniques are key components of Florida-Friendly™
  2. Routine Irrigation System Checks: Regularly inspecting and maintaining your irrigation system ensures it operates efficiently, minimizing water waste. This includes checking for leaks, adjusting sprinkler heads to prevent overspray or runoff, and programming irrigation schedules based on weather conditions and plant needs.
  3. Adhering to Water Restrictions: Following local water restrictions and regulations helps manage water usage effectively, especially during periods of high demand or drought. These restrictions may include specific days or times for watering, limitations on outdoor water use, and prohibitions on certain practices that waste water.
  4. Conserve Water Indoors: Regularly inspect faucets, pipes, and toilets for leaks, and promptly repair any leaks you find; only run the dishwasher and washing machine when you have full loads; take shorter showers; and turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing dishes by hand.

Remember, you can play a proactive role in conserving water and protecting Florida’s precious water resources for future generations!