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USGS Rainfall Calculator
Ever wondered how much water falls during a storm? Try this calculator from USGS. You'll be surprised.

AWWA Drip Calculator
Curious how much water is wasted by that dripping faucet? Try the AWWA’s Drip Calculator.

Mulch Calculator

A thick layer of mulch helps keep soil cooler and holds moisture in. It also helps control weeds that compete with landscape plants for water. Use this helpful calculator tool to find out how much you need. Just enter the size of bed and desired depth, and it will calculate how much mulch you will need (in cubic yards or number of bags.)

SWFWMD Water Use Calculator
Want to estimate your household water usage? Try the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Water Use Calculator. Then head back to our water conservation page find helpful suggestions on ways to save water.



Videos / Multimedia
Florida Springs: Journey Through the Aquifer
For a beautiful and fascinating look into the source of our water, check out this short (9 minute) video.

What is El Niño?
The El Niño / La Niña cycle can have a big impact on our weather patterns here in Florida. For example, a strong El Niño tends to bring excessively wet weather to our region. On the other extreme, La Niña conditions can often result in drier-than-usual conditions. This video helps to explain how variations in wind and ocean currents in the tropical Pacific can play a big role in weather around the globe.

Springs photos for students & educators

The springs images at the link above are available for use by students and educators for school-based projects.

http://www.floridasprings.org/expedition/videos/
Educational videos about Florida's springs



Plumbing / Fixtures
ToiletFlapper.org
An excellent resource for everything you need to know about the humble toilet flapper.

MaP Testing
In the market for a new toilet? Before you buy, check the “MaP” score to see how well the various models performed in independent testing. Why check the score?

An EPA "WaterSense" certification ensures that a new fixture will perform as well or better than traditional units, while using a minimum of 20% less water than traditional units. All EPA WaterSense certified toilets must receive a minimum MaP score of 350, but some models actually exceed the minimum requirement.

For best performance, you can actually check the MaP score (MaP = Maximum Performance) before you buy.   Higher MaP score = More powerful flush.



Water Awareness Outreach & Education Programs
www.watercontest.org
Recognized by the American Water Works Association as a “Best in Class” program, our Annual Water Awareness Poster Contest is a joint outreach effort presented by Pasco County Utilities and the Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA). Visit www.watercontest.org for program news, photos, guidelines, and more.

https://walkingonwaterfl.org/virtual-tour/
Take a "virtual tour" of the Floridan Aquifer through the 360 degree underwater photography of Jennifer Adler.

www.drinktap.org/kids-place.aspx
The AWWA's compilation of water-related education resources.

www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/aquifer/
"What is an aquifer?" National Geographic explores the water below your feet.

www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/pollution/
An exploration of pollution. What is it? Where does it come from?

www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/dead-zone/

You may have heard of "dead zones" in the Chesapeake Bay, or even here in the Gulf of Mexico. Learn how they form via National Geographic.




Water Sources - A Regional Approach
Q: Where does your water come from?

A: Pasco County Utilities operates eleven public water systems. Of these, ten are small, community-sized systems which pull groundwater from the Floridan Aquifer.

Our largest system, which supplies water to the majority of our customers, is the Pasco County Regional Water System. This system used to rely solely on groundwater from wells located here in Pasco County. However, as part of the solution to the region's past "water wars," Pasco County Utilities' Regional System is part of the innovative regional water supply partnership known as "Tampa Bay Water." Together with the other member governments that formed Tampa Bay Water, Pasco County Utilities is dedicated to the sustainability of our water supplies, and the protection of our natural aquatic ecosystems.

What does that mean for the water you drink? Tampa Bay Water's website for an in-depth look at the sources of the water provided to the member governments.



Species Field Guides
Do you like to explore the waters and wetlands of Central Florida? Learn about some of the plants and animals you might encounter with the following field guides.

http://www.floridasprings.org/learn/life/

http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/species/