Don’t be fooled by living in a state surrounded by water — water is scarcer than you think. Florida springtime is usually dry and warm, and this year’s spring is expected to have below-normal precipitation and above-normal temperatures, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“Water use in our area spikes during the spring dry season,” said Courtney Stevenson, conservation and sustainability specialist at BSU. “In fact, up to 50% of potable water goes toward residential irrigation.”
To remind us to conserve water during this dry season, the state of Florida, water utilities and conservation organizations designated April as Water Conservation Month.
What can you do to help conserve water?
- Install a smart irrigation controller so you water only when needed. You may even be eligible for our rebate program.
- Know your watering days and follow local watering restrictions.
- Practice Florida Friendly Landscaping
- Sign up for WaterSmart. BSU’s new online tool gives members access to detailed information about their water usage, the ability to monitor for leaks and get customized water-saving tips to reduce monthly bills.
- Study up on indoor and outdoor water conservation tips.