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Ten Tips for Saving Water

Use rainwater to water your plants.

There are many things we can do to conserve water in our homes and landscapes. By following some or all of the tips you can conserve and preserve our valuable water resources as well as save money.  Engage the entire family in the effort to conserve water and make it fun for kids.  You can find the following tips (and more) here.

  1. Fix your dripping faucets.  Be a water detective and search for dripping or leaking faucets—they can waste 300 gallons of water or more each month!
  2. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth!  Everyone in the family can participate in saving water this way!
  3. Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater off of the roof.  Use water from a rain barrel to water plants.  Make it a fun family project by painting and decorating the rain barrel prior to installing it.
  4. Raise the mower blade!  Mow your lawn at the highest setting to ensure strong roots and increase drought tolerance.  This will also make the job a little easier!
  5. Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load.
  6. Take shorter showers. Make it a contest and set a timer to see who in the family can take the shortest shower.
  7. Use micro-irrigation to water your landscape plants.  Micro-irrigation is the most efficient way to irrigate and the systems are easy to install.
  8. Choose plants that are drought-tolerant.  Look for Florida-Friendly, drought-tolerant plants that will require less water after establishment.
  9. Encourage everyone in the family to conserve water by making a doorknob sign reminding them to conserve in high water use areas of the home.  This can be a great craft project for the family.
  10. Water early in the morning or late in the evening to reduce evaporation.

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