11 Ways To Be Water Smart


Don’t let water run while brushing your teeth, washing your face, or shaving.

In the shower, turn the water on to get wet; turn it off to lather up; then turn the water back on to rinse off.

Check for toilet leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If you have a leak, the color will appear in the  bowl within 30 minutes. (Flush immediately to avoid stains.)

Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily.  Dispose of tissues, insects, and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.

Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it. Use it to water your indoor plants or garden.

Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator, or use the defrost setting on your microwave.

Retrofit all household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.

Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. One drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year!




Water lawns during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest.  This reduces evaporation and waste.

Check sprinkler systems and timing devices regularly to be sure they operate properly.  Florida law now requires that “anyone who purchases and installs an automatic lawn sprinkler system MUST install a rain sensor device or switch which will override the irrigation cycle when adequate rainfall has occurred.”

Raise the lawn mower blade to at least three inches, or to its highest level.  A higher cut encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system, and holds soil moisture.






  • Follow water conservation guidelines and ordinances in your community. Even if your water comes from a private well, you are expected to comply.
  • Report water losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, errant sprinklers, abandoned free-flowing wells, etc.) to the property owner, local authorities, or your water management district.
  • Promote water conservation in community newletters, on bulletin boards, and by example. Encourage your friends, neighbors, and coworkers to be "water smart."
  • Try to do one thing each day that will result in saving water. Every drop counts!