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Water Conservation Information
Florida Water Restrictions
FREE Irrigation System Audit & Controller Adjustment Consultations
Please call 407-599-3597 to set up an appointment.
Consultations are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Water Conservation Brochures
- Week 1:
When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water.
Quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.
- Week 2:
Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full
and you could save 1000 gallons of water a month.
- Week 3:
Consider composting instead of running the garbage disposal.
- Week 4:
Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold water so every drop goes in you and not in the drain.
- Week 5:
Wash your produce in the sink or a pan that is partially filled with water instead of running water from the tap.
- Week 6:
Consider replacing your old washing machine with an EPA Water Sense and Energy Star listed high efficiency model.
Visit our page for details on a rebate.
- Week 7:
If your shower can fill a one gallon bucket in 20 seconds, consider replacing it with a water-efficient shower head.
- Week 8:
Keep your shower to 5 minutes or less and you'll save 1000 gallons of water per month.
- Week 9:
Plug the bathtub before turning the water on; then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
- Week 10:
Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet, it's simple, inexpensive and can save 140 gallons of water a week.
- Week 11:
Turn the water off while you brush your teeth and save 4 gallons of water a minute. That's 200 gallons of water a week for a family of four.
- Week 12:
Consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don't have to let the water run while it heats up.
- Week 13:
Don't use running water to thaw food.
- Week 14:
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk and save 80 gallons of water every time.
- Week 15:
Install a high efficiency toilet and get a rebate, visit our page for more information.
- Week 16:
Listen for toilet leaks or toilets that flush themselves. You can save 500 gallons of water a month by making simple repairs.
- Week 17:
Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and no the house, sidewalk or street. Contact the City of Winter Park for “Free Irrigation Help”.
- Week 18:
Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass shades root systems and holds soil moisture better than a closely clipped lawn.
- Week 19:
Install a rain sensor or a shut off device on your automatic irrigation system to eliminate unnecessary watering.
- Week 20:
Avoid watering on windy days.
- Week 21:
Consider a drip irrigation system which allows water to penetrate deeper into the soil.
- Week 22:
Group plants with the same watering needs together to get the most out of your watering time.
- Week 23:
Remember to check your irrigation controller after a power outage for the correct time and day. Readjust the time for Daylight savings time and Eastern Standard time.
- Week 24:
Use a hose nozzle and turn the water off while you wash your car and save more than 100 gallons of water.
- Week 25:
Consider installing a rain barrel to capture rain water to use for plants and garden plants.
- Week 26:
Direct your downspouts and other runoff towards shrubs and trees, or collect to use for other plants.
- Week 27:
Use porous materials for walkways and patios to keep water in your yard and prevent wasteful runoff.
- Week 28:
Water your lawn only when needed and no more than one hour per zone per irrigation cycle.
- Week 29:
Avoid installing ornamental water features and fountains that spray water into the air. Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation.