Water Conservation OCU Water Division

What You Can Do

Here are some things that you can do to save water at your home.
 5 Easy Water-Saving Practices are an easy place to start. We also have some Landscaping PracticesIrrigation Practices, and
 Household Practices to help you become more water efficient. All of these best management practices are part of our
Water Wise Neighbor program.

Quick Start Guide (PDF)

5 Easy Water-Saving Practices

  1. Replace showerheads with 2 gallons/minute or less units.*

  2. Replace all sink faucets with 1.5 gallons/minute or less aerators.*

  3. Check that the irrigation system is free from leaks and breaks.

  4. Adjust spray heads to minimize spray on sidewalks and driveways.

  5. Adjust irrigation timer to Orange County irrigation restrictions.*

Landscaping Practices

  • Maintain 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch in landscaped beds.

  • Direct downspouts to empty onto landscaped beds or turf grass.

  • Keep root balls a minimum of 2.5 feet on center from the foundation of your home.

  • Plant trees to shade 30-50% of the yard when mature.

  • Replace plants that are not Florida-Friendly and have much higher water demands.

  • Replace portions of turf landscaping in your yard with Florida-Friendly landscape. Attend a class to learn how to do this. You may also visit our Florida-Friendly Demonstration Garden located at 9150 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL 32825.

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Irrigation Practices

  • Ensure a rain shut-off device is installed and functioning.*

  • Irrigate turfgrass and landscaped beds in separate zones.

  • Check that all sprinkler heads rise above the height of landscaping.

  • Replace spray nozzles with high-efficiency nozzles.*

  • If using more than 15,000 gallons per month for an average sized home, have system checked by a professional for system efficiency.*

  • Check that similar sprinklers are matched in each zone; never put spray and rotor heads in the same zone.

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Household Practices

  • Replace older toilets that are 3.5 gallons per flush or greater with new high-efficiency toilets. #

  • Have a centrally located hot water tank.

  • Ensure all fixtures and appliance connections are reinforced. This will limit a common source of in-home leaks.


* Made available to program participants at no cost
# Receive up to $100 credit per qualifying toilet that you replace

Learn about what we are doing to help our customers become more water conscious and things you can do to reduce your water use.

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