The average Floridian uses 175 gallons of water each day -- about 65
more gallons per day than the average American.
What do you do with your 65 extra gallons? Do you drink more, do more
laundry, wash your car more, water your lawn more? The answer is all of
the above, plus a myriad of other reasons related to our warm climate.
Here's the irony: surveys show that 80 percent of Floridians
believe water conservation is critical. Yet they continue to use nearly three
gallons of water per hour more than the average American. So here's what
to do: realize that conservation is vital if there is going to be enough
fresh water for everyone's future and then think about that 65 gallons.
Here are some easy ways to save it. The gallon estimates are based on
- Install a low-flow toilet or tank water saving device and save as
much as five gallons of water a day.
- Install a low-flow showerhead and save as much as 86 gallons of water
- Install a sink aerator and save eight gallons of water a day.
- Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth and save four to 10
gallons of water a day.
- Fix your leaky faucet and save as much as seven gallons of water a
- Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when they are full. You
can save as much as 15 gallons per load for the dishwasher and 55 gallons
per load for the washing machine.
OUTDOOR WATER CONSERVATION
- Don't water your lawn for more than a half-hour at a time or 45 minutes
once a week - and only if it doesn't rain at least one inch. Water in
the cooler hours, before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m. If your water management
district has water restrictions in place, make sure you follow them.
- Protect natural landscape moisture by cutting your grass at the highest
setting (up to 3 inches) on your mower. Taller grass protects the root
system by helping to shade it.
- Rake or sweep driveways and sidewalks instead of hosing it off.
- Build dikes around trees and shrubs to hold water.
- Floriscape your yard by using drought
and salt tolerant plants which are native to Florida.
* Water savings based on a two-person household.