Conservation Tips

Outside

  • Water your lawn less often; not more than every other day.
  • Do not water your lawn between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (This is a South Florida Water Management restriction. An exception is the use of reclaimed water, which is highly treated wastewater that has been recycled for irrigation uses.
  • Check to make sure your sprinkler system is operating correctly. One broken sprinkler head could use up to 225 gallons per 15 minute cycle.
  • Make sure that your automatic sprinkler system has a rain sensor device that will shut off the system during and after a rain storm, when your lawn does not need to be irrigated. By Florida law, all new sprinkler systems must have a rain sensor sprinkler shut-off device installed. Click here for more information on rain sensors.

In the Bathroom

  • Two-thirds of the water used in an average home is used in the bathroom, and a lot of it flushes down the toilet.
  • Fix leaky toilets. A faulty toilet tank flapper can consume 1,500 gallons a day.
  • Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket. Every flush uses 5 to 7 gallons of water.
  • Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors.

In the Laundry Room

  • Wash full loads of laundry. A washing machine can use 40 or more gallons of water per load.

In the kitchen

  • Make sure your dishwasher loads are full. Dishwashers use about 15 gallons per run.