With many areas in Florida seeing record-breaking drought conditions, FGUA encourages residents to conserve water whenever possible and to follow watering guidelines.
“For some parts of the state, such as the Tampa Bay area, we haven’t seen drought conditions this bad in 26 years,” said Matthew Rihs, FGUA Community Services Manager. “These dry conditions will not improve overnight, so it is imperative that Floridians help by actively conserving water both inside and outside their homes.”
Here are some helpful tips on water conservation both inside and outside the home:
- Fix leaks, including leaky toilets.
- high-efficiency toilets, aerators on bathroom faucets, and water-efficient shower heads. Some local governments offer rebates to residents who install these types of water-saving devices. Others give residents these devices for free. Check your local government website to see if you qualify.
- Take shorter (5 minute) showers.
- Turn off water when brushing teeth or shaving.
- Plant drought-tolerant/resistant plants and trees. Click here for more information.
- Recycle indoor water to use on plants.
- Use a broom to clean driveways, patios and sidewalks instead of water from a hose.
For more tips on water conservation, click here.
Most areas of the state are under some type of water restrictions. To learn about the water restrictions in your area, visit the FGUA website. This site will direct you to your appropriate local government or water district website.