Water conservation is the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand for water. Water conservation is a necessary component to achieve a more sustainable future and is not just for times of water shortage. Sound water use practices reduce the amount of stress that we place on our resources, both by limiting water withdrawals and by decreasing wastewater discharges.
What You Can Do! Small changes in everyday activities can add up to huge water savings.
Compare your water usage with other Miami-Dade County residents using The Water Conservation Calculator.
5 Quick Tips:
1. Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could save 1000 gallons a month.
2. We are more likely to notice leaky faucets indoors, but don’t forget to check outdoor faucets, pipes, and hoses for leaks and address them quickly.
3. Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It is simple, inexpensive, and can save 140 gallons a week.
4. Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
5. Collect the water you use for rinsing produce and reuse it to water houseplants.
Do one thing each day that will save water. Even if savings are small, every drop counts.
Lawn and Garden
Xeriscape is landscaping that conserves water and protects the environment. Xeriscaping encourages the use of low maintenance plants such as native species and environmentally sustainable practices such as minimization or elimination of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. In addition to helping conserve water resources, xeriscape landscaping practices reduce the amount of pollutants reaching Biscayne Bay and surrounding waterbodies. Click here to find out more from the South Florida Water Management District.
Click here to learn more about Florida Friendly Landscaping: The Smart Way to Grow.
Collecting rain water in a rain barrel is a great way to capture water to use for irrigating landscaping and potted plants.
The Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension Service offers a series of Rain Barrel Workshops. To register for the next workshop click here.
Click here for more information on Rain Barrels.
City of Miami Beach Public Works Department is conducting a showerhead replacement program throughout the City. To learn more contact the Public Works Department at 305.673.7080.
Click here to learn how to receive your free showerhead and water conservation kit from Miami Dade County Showerhead Exchange and Retrofit Kit Program at:
Water Conservation Links:
Click here to learn more about Miami-Dade County Water Conservation programs and rebates.
Click here to learn more about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Water Sense Program.