Water Saving Tips

Looking for ways to conserve water and bring down your bill? Try these tips around your home.

Home:

  • Check for leaks.

  • Turn off faucets when not in use (for example, when brushing teeth).

  • Install low-flow water fixtures and appliances such as sinks, toilets, and showerheads.

  • Choose a shower over bath when possible, taking a shower uses less water than filling a bathtub.

  • Wash only full loads of dishes/clothes or lower the water settings for smaller loads.

Yard:

  • Check for leaks.

  • Avoid watering yards in the middle of the day. Watering when it's hot and sunny is wasteful – a good portion of the water will evaporate before the plants use it.

  • Choose native plants for your garden/landscape. They will fare better in our weather and require less upkeep. 

  • Group plants according to their water needs.

  • Capture rainwater for reuse.

  • Set sprinklers to water lawns and gardens only. Check that you’re not watering unwanted areas such as the driveway, street, or sidewalk.


Freshwater in Florida

Our freshwater originates from two sources: groundwater and surface water. Both sources are recharged with rain fall.

The majority, about 90 percent, of water used in Florida comes from groundwater sources called aquifers. Our largest aquifer is the Floridan, spanning for 82,000 square miles beneath Florida and extending into sections of Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Aquifers differ greatly in their depth and composition. In areas where the Floridan aquifer does not provide suitable drinking water, residents obtain their water from shallow aquifers or surface water. 

 The three main aquifer systems in South Florida are the Biscayne Aquifer System, the Intermediate Aquifer System and the Floridan Aquifer System. The Intermediate Aquifer System is the main source of water for Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee Counties. The remaining 10 percent of our water comes from surface waters. This is water that has not seeped into the ground and is exposed to air. Florida has surface freshwater in rivers, lakes, streams, creeks, ponds, and wetlands.