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Indoor & Outdoor Tips

Conserve to Preserve

We all have a part in conserving our area’s water supply. Below is a list of tips to save water both inside and outside your home and help preserve one of our most precious resources.

Indoor Water Tips

The average Southwest Floridian uses about 100 gallons of water a day for personal needs. Two-thirds of it is used in the bathroom. Toilets account for 40 percent of indoor water use, and showers and baths consume another 30 percent. Washing machines and dishwashers take 15 percent. Ongoing toilet, faucet and other leaks can as much as double your water and wastewater charges. Here’s how you immediately can cut your water and wastewater bill:

Detect and Repair Leaks

  • Turn off everything that uses water in your home, and then check your water meter dial for 15 minutes. If the triangular knob remains still, you are watertight! If it’s moving, look for leaks.
  • Fix leaks in toilets, faucets, showerheads and plumbing fixtures. Use food coloring to “dye” the water in your toilet tank to help detect leaks.
  • Check the condition of water shut-off valves used for repairs and emergencies. Install Water-Saving Devices.

Install Water-Saving Devices

  • Insert a water-filled bottle in older toilet tanks to displace space and reduce the gallons flushed.
  • Retrofit sink faucets with aerators to reduce excess water flow.
  • Update your bathrooms with low-flow showerheads and toilets.
  • Install air-to-air heat pumps and air-conditioning systems that don’t use water.


  • If water is running too hot or too cold, turn the offending temperature down instead of turning the
    opposite temperature up. Run only full loads in the washing machine, and use proper fill levels.
  • Hand wash dishes in one sink of water and rinse in a second to eliminate running water.
  • Thaw foods in a microwave or pan of water, not under running water.
  • Compost food waste instead of using a garbage disposal.
  • Use the minimum amount of detergent required for any job, allowing heavily soiled items to pre-soak. Natural detergents are best.
  • Choose a sponge mop and pail, instead of a string mop and running water.
  • Keep a soft water tank’s regenerating cycles to a minimum. Turn it off during vacation.

Reuse Water

  • Save cooking water for nutritious soup stock, or use it to nourish your houseplants.
  • Pour old fish tank water on your garden. Plants thrive on the nutrients.
  • Reuse bathing water for heavy cleaning jobs.


Outdoor Water Tips

Irrigation is often the largest source of wasted water. Take advantage of the rainy season and let nature water your lawn. Read below for tips on how you can immediately reduce your water and wastewater bill.

Know Your Watering Restrictions

Detect & Repair Leaks

  • Turn off everything that uses water in your home and check your water meter dial for 15 minutes. If the triangular knob remains still, you are watertight! If it’s moving, look for leaks.
  • Check for broken or misdirected sprinkler heads. Turn on your irrigation system manually. Look for areas where water may be shooting into the air or spraying incorrectly.
  • Look for soft, wet spots that may be forming on your lawn or plant bed areas while testing your irrigation system or after your irrigation system finishes a scheduled run. This may indicate a leak.
  • Check to ensure your rain shut-off device, most commonly a rain sensor, is working properly to avoid overwatering.

Install Water-Saving Devices

  • Use short on/off sprinkler cycles to allow landscaping to absorb the water. Set for large drops dispersed low to the ground, not high-flying mists. Water plant roots rather than leaves.
  • Use efficient drip irrigation and soaker hoses, which can save from 20 to 50% of the water needed to keep plants thriving. Keep lines and filters clean.
  • Install a new water-saving filter for your swimming pool.


  • To stay informed of when your lawn needs water, use a moisture indicator. 
  • Water only when necessary, when grass shows signs of stress, such as folded blades, different color spots and lingering footprints. Professionals suggest watering once every five to seven days in summer, and every 10 to 14 days in winter. One good rain can eliminate the need for watering for up to two weeks. Over-watering is unhealthy.
  • Group plants in “zones” that have similar water needs. Plant native and drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs and trees to save as much as 30 to 60% of your water bill.
  • Shut off automatic sprinklers during the rainy season.
  • Raise your lawnmower blade to three inches or more to protect grass.
  • Apply slow-release fertilizers with water-insoluble nitrogen and use them less often.
  • Dig trenches around plants to catch water.
  • Mulch controls water-hungry weeds and retains moisture for plants and trees.
  • Prune plants properly. Excessive or improper pruning increases the need for water.
  • Outfit your hose with an adjustable-stream trigger nozzle that automatically shuts off. When done, turn it off at the spigot to avoid leaks.
  • Install hose washers between spigots and water hoses to stop leaks.

Ways to Reduce Your Usage

The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home. Reducing water usage can come from modest changes in your daily habits. Here are a few habits you can change to reduce your bill.

Save up to 2 gallons per minute by:

  • Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing dishes.
  • Installing water-efficient showerheads.
  • Installing water-reducing, low-flow faucet aerators.

Save up to 2 gallons per minute by:

  • Equipping your garden hose with an automatic shut off nozzle to keep it from running.
  • Using a broom, instead of a hose, to clean sidewalks, driveways and pavement.

Save up to 2 gallons per minute by:

  • Reducing your loads of laundry and dishes by only running full loads.
  • Cutting back on your outdoor watering or irrigation.
  • Repairing leaky toilets and other plumbing leaks as soon as possible, this can save you hundreds of gallons per day! We have complimentary dye tabs, which are tools for checking leaks, available at our customer service building during working hours.
  • Replacing older toilets and clothes washers with water-efficient models.
  • Filling up a container with tap water and keep in in the fridge, instead of running the tap and waiting for the water to get cold
  • Trying to reduce the amount of time you spend in the shower.
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9 Reasons Tap Water Is Better To Drink Than Bottled Water

Many of our member-customers ask, “Is tap water a better option to drink than bottled water?” We want you to be the judge. BSU’s potable water meets all of the standards set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Bottled Water companies are held to standards set by the Federal Drug and Administration and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

  1. Tap water can have no confirmed E.coli or fecal coliform bacteria, or bacteria that are indications of possible contamination by fecal matter. FDA bottled water standards include no such prohibition.
  2. Utilities are required to provide the source of water while bottled water companies are not.
  3. Utilities are required to produce annual water quality reports. Read our most recent water quality report.
  4. Tap water must be tested for coliform bacteria 100 or more times a month. Bottled water companies are only required to test once a week.
  5. Tap water naturally contains calcium and magnesium. Few bottled brands offer significant amounts of these minerals.
  6. Nearly half of bottled water brands are sourced from a municipal water supply, which provides tap water.Used water bottles tend to end up in landfills and account for 1.5 million tons of plastic waste a year. Instead of buying bottled water, fill up a reusable bottle with tap water for an eco-friendly glass of H2O.
  7. At an average cost of $1.22 per gallon, bottled water costs 300 times more than the cost of tap water.
  8. Utilities must have their water tested by government-certified labs; such certified testing is not required for bottlers.
  9. Water system operators must be certified and trained to ensure that they know how to safely treat and deliver water; bottlers do not have to be licensed.

Additional Resources

South Florida Water Management District

ar-2The mission of the South Florida Water Management District centers on saving and/or restoring Central and South Florida's irreplaceable water resources and unique environments.

The website offers 50 Ways to Be Water Smart, outlines the specifics of water restriction rules, shows the levels of wells and aquifers, provides rainfall histories and long-term rain forecasts, and even offers scenic screensavers you can download to your computer. It also offers a new online tool for learning about ways to save water and help protect our region’s most valuable resource.

Universities Council on Water Resources

Universities Council on Water Resources

The Universities Council on Water Resources offers an online brochure that defines hydrology, describes careers in the field, and discusses surface and ground water, flood control, navigation and other water-related topics.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

ar-4The Florida Department of Environmental Protection offers a Water Resource Management page with information about water consumption, quality, monitoring and safety.

U.S. Geological Survey

ar-5The U.S. Geological Survey of the Department of the Interior provides water data, fact sheets and information about current events, studies and technical resources.

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The folks at the American Water Works Association created this website to answer consumers most frequent questions about water and related topics. It also features a section for kids and has another about conservation.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water

The Office of Water of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides information about ground water and drinking water; wastewater management; wetlands, oceans & watersheds; and the Clean Water Action Plan.

EPA's Explorers' Club for Kids!

ar-8Visit the EPA's home page, click on Kids, and you'll find games and information about a variety of environmental topics including water resources, on the Explorers' Club page.