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Water conservation

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Watering restrictions

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Find details about watering restrictions in your area.

Tips for saving water

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Find information and tips for saving water indoors and outdoors, such as locating and fixing leaks and practicing efficient irrigation and lawn maintenance.

Waterwise landscaping

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Search a database of plants and find tips to help make your landscape waterwise.

Interactive home water use survey

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Find out exactly how much water you use in and outside your home with this interactive survey and report.

Web-based calculator helps determine water loss

How much water is loss through a pinhole-sized leak? What about a leak through a circular pipe break? Try the free online tool from the Missouri Rural Water Association to find out.

Florida Water StarSM

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Get details on how you can save water inside and outside of your home or business through this voluntary certification program.

Reclaimed water

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Learn how wastewater can be safely used so that fresh groundwater can be preserved for essential uses such as drinking, cooking and bathing.

Water conservation technical assistance

Learn about district technical assistance
on water conservation activities.

The Central Florida Water Initiative

Learn about the CFWI

Learn about CFWI, a collaborative water supply planning effort among the state’s three largest water management districts, and the Florida departments of Environmental Protection and Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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Water conservation is important in Florida

Florida is not only the Sunshine State, it is also a state with many waterways. Florida is surrounded on three sides by water, with many lakes, streams, creeks and rivers. With all of this water, many people may not realize there is a need for us all to conserve water. That’s because not all of this water is fresh or readily available for drinking and other uses. In addition, Florida’s weather is fickle — long periods of wet weather may be followed by long periods of dry weather.

The St. Johns River Water Management District has been committed to water conservation for many years. At the core of the district’s mission is protecting and ensuring the sustainability of Florida’s water resources, both belowground in the Floridan aquifer system and aboveground in our many waterways.

Water conservation is the cornerstone of Florida’s water sustainability. Likewise, the district believes that conservation is a critical strategy in meeting the current and future water supply needs of our state. In addition to conservation, new strategies and technologies are needed to meet future water supply needs.

Ongoing conservation program

As part of its consumptive use permitting process, the district requires all permit holders to use water as efficiently as possible. Water supply utilities are required to implement conservation rate structures, perform water audits to ensure system efficiency and develop programs for the use of reclaimed water.

Industry, agriculture and recreational users, such as golf courses, must use reclaimed water or storm water for irrigation where feasible and implement additional rigorous water conservation measures. Agricultural water users must demonstrate water conservation techniques by upgrading to more efficient irrigation systems and implementing best management practices. Golf courses are required to reduce the amount of acreage irrigated, install irrigation systems that reduce the volume of water used, and install soil moisture and rain sensors.

The greatest water savings can be realized outdoors, where more than half of residential water is used on lawns and landscapes. Year-round watering restrictions are in place to ensure that water used for irrigation is used efficiently.

In addition, the district promotes water conservation through the Florida Water StarSM program, which focuses on water efficiency in residential and commercial developments, and other outreach and education to adults and stakeholder groups. Programs for youth include The Great Water OdysseySM, a multidisciplinary computer curricula that introduces students to the world of water through science, history, geography, social studies, reading and math.


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