There are several ways to conserve resources and preserve your pocketbook. From water conservation tips to paperless billing you can do your part to preserve the environment.
July is Smart Irrigation Month!
Smart Irrigation Month is a public awareness campaign to promote efficient water use. Using water wisely:
- Saves money on your utility bill.
- Nurtures green spaces that deliver real environmental benefits.
- Protects your community’s water supply for generations to come.
- Minimizes needed investments in infrastructure to store and carry water, which must be paid for by property taxes or municipal bonds.
Automatic watering or sprinkler systems — known in the trade as irrigation systems — deliver exactly the right amount of water at the right time. Efficient irrigation systems:
- Minimize overwatering while keeping your lawn and garden beautiful and healthy.
- Adjust watering automatically to account for rain and other conditions.
- Put every drop of water to work by minimizing evaporation and waste.
- Make maintaining your yard easy and convenient.
With just a few simple strategies, it’s easy to save water, save money and see better results:
- Plant right.
- Invest in an irrigation system.
- Water wisely.
- Maintain and upgrade your system.
- Work with an irrigation professional.
Water is a precious resource that so many of us take for granted. According to the American Water Works Association, only one percent of the earth’s water is available for human consumption, and yet, according to the latest U.S. Geological Survey, the United States uses 408 billion gallons a day. In the state of Florida alone, each person uses about 120 to 150 gallons of water per day. It is our responsibility to preserve our most precious resource as best we can. By making simple changes in our daily routines we can be better stewards of this resource and ensure its availability for the generations to come.
Water Conservation Kit
The City of Palm Bay invites customers to participate in water conservation. We offer free water conservation kits which contain:
- shower and faucet flow meter bag
- low-flow water-conserving showerhead
- leak detection kit
- toilet flapper replacement
- faucet flow reducer
Water conservation, using water efficiently and avoiding waste, is essential to ensure that we have adequate water today and into the future. Water is a finite resource and the supplies on Earth today are no more than what was here at the beginning of the planet. It is up to all of us to use the water we have wisely, and it is as simple as each of us making small changes. Make conserving water a daily part of your life. Remember when you save water, you save energy and money!
You can pick up your water conservation kit at the following locations:
Utilities Customer Service
City Hall Annex
120 Malabar Road SE
Palm Bay, FL 32907
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Utilities Administration Office
South Regional Utilities Campus
250 Osmosis Drive SE
Palm Bay, FL 32909
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
St. Johns River Water Management District Issues Water Shortage Warning Order
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Water Shortage Warning Order expanded to all counties within the district
PALATKA, Fla., May 9, 2017 -- As hydrologic trends reflect below-average rainfall across the district, the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board approved expanding the current Water Shortage Warning Order to include all areas within the district's 18-county jurisdiction.
"Water conservation is at the core of our mission and right now we need all hands on deck to secure our water supply during this drought," said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. "The prospect of prolonged drought is a reminder that we must work together. Everyone has the power to take action and help ensure we use water wisely to safeguard future supplies."
The objective of the Water Shortage Warning Order is to reduce water use and ensure enough water is available to meet demand. As a result of the order, all water users are encouraged to reduce their water use and to voluntarily conserve water to the maximum extent possible. Additionally, water used for landscape irrigation should not exceed two designated days each week and occur only before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m., as outlined in the district's year-round watering restrictions. Outdoor irrigation accounts for half of all residential water use so it's a logical place to focus on reducing use.
Although hydrologic conditions have not yet reached the point where there is an insufficient volume of water to meet anticipated demands and protect the water resources, current conditions warrant heightened water conservation awareness in all areas within the district.
A hydrological report outlining rainfall totals was presented at the May Governing Board meeting. Examples of rainfall totals and trends include:
- The counties with the least rainfall were Orange, Brevard, Osceola, and Okeechobee counties which each received less than one inch during May.
- Highest rainfalls occurred in Clay, with 3.08 inches, St. Johns, with 3.11 inches, Alachua County with 3.95 inches.
- Southern Duval and Baker counties also received above-average rainfall, with 2.77 inches and 3.41 inches, respectively.
In April, the district enacted a burn ban for all district-owned properties due to dry conditions that are favorable to wildfire.
More information about water shortage warnings can be found online at www.sjrwmd.com/facts.
Watering Restrictions are established and enforced by St. Johns River Water Management District. For residential customers, watering days are based on your house number. You should only water before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. and only on your designated day(s).
To report a violation, please contact SJRWMD at (800) 232-0904.
Landscaping and Watering Tips
Outdoors, lawn and landscape irrigation accounts for more than half of all residential water use. Watering wisely outside the home saves water and promotes healthier lawns and landscapes.
Over watering a lawn can promote weeds and insect pests, as well as weakened grass roots. Broken or misdirected sprinkler heads spray water onto sidewalks and pavement where it evaporates or trickles into storm drains.
You can save water by irrigating lawns and landscapes only when they need it, by properly maintaining your irrigation system and by landscaping with plants and grasses that require minimal water. A well-designed and properly maintained Florida landscape will stay beautiful with minimal care.
Looking for a natural approach to your Florida landscape? Check out Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL), it means using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. Learn how you can have a beautiful landscape that could save you time, energy and money while protecting our future.
There are nine principles to the FFL program.
Watch the presentation.
- Right Plant, Right Place
- Water Efficiently
- Fertilize Appropriately
- Attract Wildlife
- Manage Yard Pests Responsibly
- Reduce Storm
- Protect the Waterfront
Check out the Florida Yards site. Be sure to visit the Interactive Yard to learn how to transform your yard and lawn into a Florida-friendly landscape design that will be the envy of the neighborhood.