Back in 2012, then Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Environment Protection proclaimed the month of April, traditionally one of the driest months of the year, to be Water Conservation Month in Florida.
In St. Petersburg, residents and businesses are urged to participate in water-saving practices not only for the month of April but year-round. From the city’s website, here are six ways the city can help you to conserve.
Six Ways to Participate in Water Conservation Month
1. Attend a free workshop
The City is hosting free virtual workshops during Water Conservation Month and beyond for topics such as Florida landscaping, collecting and irrigating with rainwater, drought tolerant plants and more. (www.stpete.org/WaterPrograms)
2. Participate in a water-saving program:
- Sensible Sprinkling Program: Eligible St. Pete utility customers can receive a free sprinkler system evaluation, rain sensor installation and more.
- Rainwater Rebate Program: Eligible St. Pete storm water customers can get rebates for installing rain barrels, rain totes and/or rain gardens. Eligibility requirements apply.
- Tampa Bay Water Wise Rebates: St. Pete residents and businesses may be eligible for rebate programs from Tampa Bay Water Wise. (www.TampaBayWaterWise.org)
- Water Incentives Supporting Efficiency: The Southwest Water Management District offers rebates for eligible water-saving projects. (www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/WISE)
3. Follow the year-round irrigation watering restrictions for potable (drinking), private well and surface water sources by watering only 5 to 9 a.m. or 7 to 11 p.m. on these days:
- Even addresses: Tuesdays & Saturdays
- Odd addresses: Wednesdays & Sundays
4. Practice everyday water-saving tips (www.stpete.org/WaterConservation)
5. Calculate your household water use (www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/conservation/water-use-calculator)
6. Subscribe to the Water Wise eSplash e-newsletter (www.stpete.org/enewsletters) for water-saving tips, resources and programs all year long.
Saving Water Indoors
Tips from the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
- Use the home’s water meter to check for leaks. Turn off all faucets and water-using appliances and make sure water is not being used during this testing period. Go to the water meter and record the current reading. After 30 minutes without using water, read the meter again. If the reading has changed, there is a leak.
- Watch out for silent leaks in toilets. Remove the toilet tank lid and any colored cleaning agents. Flush to clear the water in the bowl. Add dye tablets, leak detector fluid or even a few drops of food coloring to the tank. If there is a leak, color will appear in the bowl within 10 to 15 minutes. Flush when the test is completed.
- Take shorter showers and make sure there are no leaks in showerheads. If there is a leak, make sure the showerhead is screwed tightly. Additionally, make sure showerheads are low-flow. Older high-volume showerheads deliver 4 gallons of water per minute. New low-volume showerheads deliver 2.5 gallons per minute. Pressures have been adjusted to the low-flow fixtures to deliver as good a shower as the higher flow showerheads.
- Adjust wash cycles for laundry. Select the minimum volume of water required for each load. Normal and permanent press wash cycles use more water, so use the shortest wash cycle for lightly soiled loads. Stains can be pretreated to avoid rewashing.
Bottom Line: When thinking about saving water it’s important to remember that we can do so both indoors and outdoors. We are all responsible for the health and conservation of our water resources.
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