SFWMD Governing Board Declares April Water Conservation Month

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SFWMD Governing Board Declares April Water Conservation Month


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Helpful tips to conserve water during Water Conservation Month

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board declared April as Water Conservation Month today. This annual proclamation highlights SFWMD's continuing efforts to conserve water and ensure ample supply now and in the future.

Florida has observed Water Conservation Month since 1998 to highlight how each of us can do our part, in the little ways and the big ways, to conserve water to make sure we all have enough.

Around 3 billion gallons of water are used every day in Central and Southern Florida by 9 million residents and visitors - for watering lawns, drinking and bathing, growing crops and servicing industries. Future water demands are projected to increase to approximately 4.1 billion gallons per day by 2040. One of the most effective ways to address increasing water needs is through water conservation.

During Water Conservation Month, the SFWMD joins with local governments throughout our 16-county region to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation and the ways residents and businesses can reduce our water use all year long. 

With approximately 50 percent of residential water used for irrigation, it is important to irrigate efficiently. To promote more efficient irrigation and conservation, SFWMD passed a year-round Landscape Irrigation Rule that limits the days and hours allowed for landscape irrigation. The year-round Landscape Irrigation Rule is a component of the District's Comprehensive Water Conservation Program, which was established to encourage more responsible use of water resources throughout South Florida.

The SFWMD is also encouraging all local governments to adopt a local irrigation ordinance following the District's year-round rule restricting irrigation to two or three day.

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Homeowners can use these simple tips to save water both inside and outside their home:

  • Make sure your rain sensor device is working properly to prevent your irrigation system from running in the rain. 
  • Set an irrigation timer to run only two or three days per week pursuant to your local irrigation ordinance and no irrigation between 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Learn more about Lawn Watering Restrictions
  • Install a “smart” irrigation controller that uses weather data or soil moisture information to decide when and how much irrigation is needed for your yard.
  • Fix leaks. Finding and fixing water leaks conserves water, saves money and protects your home from damage.
  • Landscape the Florida-Friendly Way by planting low maintenance plants using environmentally sustainable practices.

Learn more about the importance of water conservation.

Media Contact: 
Jason Schultz | jschultz@sfwmd.gov   |  Office: 561-682-2508  |  Cell: 772-214-7445