Outdoor Water Use Efficiency
Half of the water you use in your home is used
outside. You can save water outdoors by taking a few small steps
like smart lawn care and checking for leaks.
On May 19, 2009, the Board of County Commissioners approved an
inter-local agreement with the St. Johns River Water Management
District and the Southwest Florida Water Management District that
updated the County's Water Conservation and Landscape Irrigation
Ordinance (Ord. 08-09). This ordinance places restrictions on
landscape irrigation. To see when you can water your lawn,
your lawn only if it needs it. A good soaking from a rain storm will
keep the soil moist for up to two weeks. It is time to water when the
grass begins to look stressed. You can tell if your lawn is stressed if
tire tracks or footprints remain on it for long periods of time, if the
grass turns bluish-grey, or the blades are folded in half lengthwise, or
if the soil near the roots is dry.
When you water your lawn, don't overdo it! Too much watering can
actually promote the growth of weeds and fungus. Water no more than 3/4
of an inch each time. This is enough to saturate the roots and promote
healthy growth. Dry soil at the surface is normal.
Also, if you water before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. the temperature and
wind speeds are lowest which means less water will be lost to
For more in-depth information from our local water management districts
about irrigation go to:
Native Florida plants are adapted to the state's climate. They can
tolerate periods of drought and heavy rain better than non-native
species. Check out the
Florida Yards and Neighbors Program for environmentally friendly
Check for Leaks
Check all hoses, connectors and spigots for leaks. Using hose washers
between spigots and water hoses can eliminate leaks.
If you have a sprinkler system, periodically check for moist spots in
the yard. This could mean there is a leak within the sprinkler system or
in your main service line. Contact a plumber or landscape maintenance
professional for repairs.
||Use a broom to sweep leaves off your
sidewalks and driveway instead of the hose.
||If you have a pool or spa, cover it
when it is not in use to reduce evaporation. You can
also look into water saving pool filters.
||Install a rainbarrel to collect rain
water. Use this water for irrigation or other outdoor
needs. Find out how to get one from
Yards and Neighbors.
||Put a spray nozzle on your hose so that
you can stop the stream of water instead of letting it
run. To avoid leaks, make sure you turn the water off
from the spigot, not just the nozzle.
||Wash your car efficiently by turning
the nozzle off when the hose isn't in use or seek out
carwashes that recycle their water.