Water conservation is easy and makes a
difference for you, your neighborhood, and your community. Here are
a few simple ways that you and your family can conserve water both
indoors and outdoors, where irrigation reductions can make the
biggest difference. These tips will help save you money while
protecting the Everglades.
1. Be aware of water
A permanent twice-a-week landscape watering schedule is now in
place in Broward County in an effort to conserve and protect local
water resources. For existing landscaping, irrigation is
prohibited daily between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Even-numbered addresses are permitted to water on Thursday and/or
Sunday and odd-numbered addresses can water on Wednesday and/or
Saturday. For new landscaping (<90 days), irrigation on
additional days is allowed. For specifics, see Water
2. Water your
lawn before sunrise or in the evening.
This will help your lawn retain moisture when you irrigate.
Because there is less wind and sun during these times, your
watering efforts will be more successful.
3. Water your lawn only
when it needs it.
Step on your grass. If it springs back, when you lift your
foot, it doesn't need water. Bluish-gray and folded leaf blades
will indicate that it is time to irrigate.
4. Do not over water your
Lawns benefit most from a deep watering or about ½ to ¾ inch.
Water only when your lawn needs it.Over watering can cause
shallow roots, making the grass less drought tolerant and more
susceptible to disease. This can cost you more time, more
fertilizer, and ironically more water to maintain your
5. Purchase an
automatic rain shut off device for your sprinkler system.
This handy device turns off your system when your lawn has
received an adequate amount of rain. If you don’t have an
automated system, purchase a rain gauge. A visual inspection
of the rain gauge will tell you whether recent rainfall has
provided sufficient water for your landscape. Better yet,
only turn sprinklers on when the grass needs it.
6. Install water saving
showerheads or flow restrictors.
These can save a household 500 to 800 gallons per
7. Run only full loads in
the washing machine and dishwasher.
This can save 300 to 800 gallons per month.
8. Shorten your
Even a one or two minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons
9. Use a broom instead of a
hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.
This can saves 150 gallons or more each time. At once a week,
that's more than 600 gallons a month.
10. Use a pool cover to
reduce evaporation when pool is not being used.