Here are a few tips for you to help conserve one of Florida's most
- Turn water off between rinses when washing your hands, dishes, brushing
your teeth or while in the shower.
- Perform routine leak detection and repair
- Install low-flow retrofit kits for your shower heads, faucets and
- When remodeling or upgrading, install water saving toilets, dishwashers
and clothes washers.
- Replace an old ineffecient toilet with a new toilet. Toilets made
before 1993 use anywhere from a 3.5 gallon per flush (gpf) up to 8
gpf, while new high effeciency toilets are mandated to use 1.6 gpf
- Check to see if your water utility offers any rebates for replacing
old inefficient toilets.
- Make sure your toilet is not leaking and replace the flapper if
- Avoid using caustic toilet bowl cleaners such as toilet tank tablets.
These products alter the pH of water in your toilet tank and damage
plastic and rubber toilet parts causing severe leaks.
- During drought emergencies: Flush less frequently. Some families
adopt variations on the adage, "if it's yellow, let it mellow and
if it's brown, flush it down."
- Soil moisture sensors can be used to sense the levels of moisture
in the soil around the plant's root zone and signal irrigation only
- Rain sensors can be used that automatically shut off irrigation
systems when they detect preset levels of rainfall.
- Use micro-irrigation systems that apply water directly to the plant's
root system, using less water and reducing runoff.