Outdoor Conservation

Additional Outdoor Water Conservation Tips

  • Avoid purchasing recreational water toys that require a constant stream of water.
  • Avoid the installation of ornamental water features, such as fountains, unless the water is recycled.
  • Use a commercial car wash that recycles water. If you wash your car at home, consider parking on the grass to absorb runoff. Always use a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Do not hose down your driveway or sidewalk when sweeping or other water-free methods would be sufficient.
  • A garden hose can pour out nearly 500 gallons in a single hour. Do not leave hoses running unattended. If you must, consider using an inexpensive mechanical hose timer to shut off the water after a pre-determined amount of time.
  • If you have a swimming pool with auto-fill, be sure to check periodically for excessive operation. An auto-fill device can mask the signs of a pool leak by automatically replacing lost water.
  • Check the efficiency of the pool filter. A single back flushing with a traditional filter uses 180 to 250 gallons of water. More efficient models may be available.
  • When finished using the hose, be sure to turn it off at the faucet instead of at the nozzle to avoid leaks. Check hose connectors to make sure plastic or rubber washers are in place. Washers prevent leaks.

Other Resources

Even when used efficiently, sprinklers frequently account for more than half of the typical Floridian's water bill. Leaks, timer programming issues, and plant establishment can all result in even higher usage. Learn how to optimize your Lawn & Landscape water usage.

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