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10 Tips to Save Water for Water Conservation Month

The Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) Governing Board declared April Water Conservation Month at its March meeting. April is historically one of the driest months of the year and typically marks the peak demand season for public water suppliers. The District also recently launched the Water 101 campaign to educate new and existing residents as well as communities about how they can help protect local water resources and save water and money.

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Saving water during irrigation is possible and easy: water no more than twice a week when there's no rain, and water during cooler, damper hours to reduce evaporation and increase uptake by plants.

The District is currently under a Modified Phase I Water Shortage through July 1, 2024, which prohibits "wasteful and unnecessary" water use and limits outdoor irrigation to one-day-per week in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Twice-per-week lawn watering schedules remain in effect except where stricter measures have been imposed by local governments in the remainder of the District's boundaries, which includes Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Manatee, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter counties; portions of Charlotte, Highlands and Lake counties; the City of Dunnellon and The Villages in Marion County; and the portion of Gasparilla Island in Lee County.

With these 10 simple tips, you can lower your monthly water bill and do your part to save hundreds of gallons of water:

Efficient watering means there will still be some left to drink!


Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when they are full.

Use the shortest clothes washing cycle for lightly soiled loads; normal and permanent-press wash cycles use more water.

Thaw frozen food in the refrigerator or microwave, not under running water.

Scrape, don't rinse, your dishes before loading in the dishwasher.

Install high-efficiency showerheads, faucets and toilets.


Check your home's irrigation system for leaks.

Turn off your irrigation system and only water as needed.

Don't leave sprinklers unattended. Use a kitchen timer to remind yourself to turn sprinklers off.

Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle when washing the car.

Consider installing a rain barrel with a drip irrigation system for watering your landscaping. Rainwater is free and better for your plants because it doesn't contain hard minerals.

Leaks are the biggest water waster, both inside and outside of your home. You can use your water meter to check for leaks. Turn off all faucets and water-using appliances and make sure no one uses water during the testing period. Wait for the hot water heater and ice cube makers to refill and for regeneration of water softeners. Go to your water meter and record the current reading. Wait 30 minutes. (Remember, no water should be used during this period.) Read the meter again. If the reading has changed, you have a leak.

For more information about water conservation, please visit the District's website.


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