These are 20 very good ways to help conserve
Place a bucket in your shower to catch extra
water which you can use to water plants.
In the shower, turn the water off after you
are wet and while you are scrubbing up. Turn
it back on to rinse.
Okay, we're still in the shower - get a low
flow shower head.
Only run the dishwasher and washing machines
when you have full loads.
Either get a kit you can add to your present
toilet to reduce the amount of water you use
to flush or replace your toilet with an
ultra-low flow version. Check out the dual
flush toilets, they save the most water.
Hot water on demand saves water and energy.
Rainwater collection systems are a no
brainer here in Florida. Start with a rain
barrel or two for the garden and the lawn.
Plant native plants/xeriscape to avoid
wasting water for irrigation.
Don't over fertilize your lawn. Fertilizer
increases the need for water.
use mulch around plants and trees to help
hold the moisture.
And for Pete's sake, use a broom or a blower
if you must, but don't use a hose to clean
walkways and driveways.
Do not use running water to thaw meat or
other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight
in the refrigerator or use the defrost
setting on your microwave.
Kitchens sink disposals require lots of
water to operate properly. Get a composter
as a way to dispose of food waste.
don't let water run while brushing your
teeth, washing your face or shaving.
Check for leaky faucets and pipes and
irrigation systems and have them repaired as
soon as possible.
Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Put
tissues, that small bug, etc. in the trash.
Make sure you know the watering rules and
conservation guidelines required by your
county water management district.
Consider hooking up to the reclaimed water
system if it is available in your
Report leaks, broken fire hydrants, errant
water sprinklers, basically any unattended
water losses you see to the home owner if
possible or the local authorities such as
the water management district.
Do one thing every day to consciously save
water. Every drop counts.
This is just a short list of ways to
conserve water. if you need more ideas,
check with The Department of Environmental
Protection of Florida. their website is
http://www.dep.state.fl.us There are many
more ways to get involved in saving our
fresh water supply. It is a fragile resource
and needs all of us to care for it.