Suwannee Democrat


April 14, 2014

Water Conservation Month: Week two – ways to save residential water outdoors

Live Oak —

Water demand in April, the last month of Florida’s dry season, is typically higher than in other months. This increase in water usage is a result of rising temperatures and establishing new residential landscapes. Landscape irrigation accounts for the largest percentage of household water use in the state of Florida.

Water is Florida’s most valued natural resource. The water that we use primarily comes from the aquifer, which is also the source of our drinking water. Water conservation is the least costly and easiest way to preserve our freshwater resources.

While there are many ways to save water indoors, there are also plenty of ways to save water outdoors.

 Outdoor Cleaning:

·         Wash your car on the grass, this will also water the lawn and prevent wasteful runoff.

·         Equip your hoses with automatic shutoff nozzles for car washing and hand watering.

·         Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways, sidewalks and decks.

 Lawn and Garden – Watering:

·         Water on your assigned day before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. to reduce water evaporation.

·         Water your lawn in several short cycles rather than one long cycle; this will allow the water to be better absorbed.

·         Only water your lawn when needed. You can tell this by simply walking across your lawn — if you leave footprints, then it is time to water.

·         Use sprinklers with automatic timers, and preferably equipped with rain sensors.

·         Adjust sprinklers so you only water the lawn, not the street or sidewalk.

It is important to follow the District’s lawn and landscape irrigation measures, which are in effect throughout the year. Additional information about the lawn and landscape irrigation measures is available at

Lawn and Garden – Planting:

·         Group your plants according to their water needs.

·         Use only drought-resistant or native plants and grass.

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