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Current Drought Conditions
*Lake & Aquifer levels measured in feet above sea level. Demand is in MGD (Millions of Gallons/Day)
Water Saving Tips
Here are some great tips to not only help you conserve water, but also reduce your utility bills!
- Water only when needed. Watch your lawn for signs of stress. If the St. Augustine blades of grass “roll”, if the Bermuda gets a bluish cast or if you leave foot prints on the grass after walking on it, your lawn needs water.
- Do not overwater. Watering only ½ to 1 inch per week during the summer may not keep turfgrasses dark green, but should keep them healthy.
- Water early in the morning. This is when evaporation rates are at their lowest, there is little wind, and water pressure is at its best.
- Do not waste water. Be sure that your irrigation system does not water sidewalks, driveways, or the street. Install a rain/freeze sensor or make sure the one you already have is working correctly, and repair broken or leaky heads.
- Avoid excessive evaporation. Use a sprinkler that produces large drops of water rather than a fine mist.
- Use drip-irrigation and/or bubblers. Using these type systems for bedded plants, trees, and shrubs, will help prevent evaporation.
- Cover pools. Pool covers will save up to 90% of the water lost to evaporation.
- Sweep instead of washing. Use a broom on sidewalks, driveways, and patios instead of a water hose.
- Harvest the rain. Buy a rain barrel and collect precipitation for watering your plants.
In the Bathroom
- Install a low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators to reduce water consumption.
- Take short showers and install a cut-off valve, or turn the water off while washing and back on again to rinse.
- Take showers instead of baths, but if a shower is not available fill the tub with less water.
- Replace old toilets with high-efficiency toilets.
- Test toilets for leaks and repair promptly if one is found.
- Never use the toilet as a trashcan.
- Do not use hot water when cold will do.
- Do not let water run when brushing teeth, shaving, or washing hands.
- If letting water run to heat up, catch cold water in a bowl for pet water or plants rather than letting it run down the drain.
In the Kitchen
- Scrape the dishes clean instead of rinsing them before washing.
- Use a pan of water (or place a stopper in the sink) for washing and rinsing dishes. No need to pre-rinse.
- Never run the dishwasher without a full load.
- Start a compost pile rather than running the garbage disposal and never pour grease or oil down the drain.
- Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator. Running water from the tap until it is cool is wasteful.
- Use a small bowl of cold water to clean vegetables rather than letting the water run over them.
In the Laundry
- Consider buying a high-efficiency washer when time to replace your old model.
- Wash only full loads of clothes.
- Use cold water as often as possible.