2018 marks the 20-year anniversary since April was first established as Water Conservation Month in Florida. During this time, Florida section of American Water Works Association (FSAWWA ) has made great strides towards understanding the impacts of water efficiency and water conservation programs.
Each year, the FSAWWA works with the state governor and cabinet to proclaim, "April as Water Conservation Month". By adopting Water Conservation Month to our City Proclamations, we are letting everyone know just how important water efficiency and water conservation practices are to the City of Palm Bay.
Palm Bay Utilities will be out promoting water conservation by participating in the following activities:
- First Friday Event on March 2, 2018 starting at 5:00pm to give our FREE water conservation Kits, Water Bottles and color changing cups to drink from the tap, and more! Kids k-12 Create your own artwork for our Water Conservation Poster Contest! Come out to 4650 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905 (Its at the corner of Port Malabar Blvd. and US1)
- The Art of sustainability Saturday March 3, 2018 from 10am-4pm at Palm Bay City Hall 120 Malabar Road Palm Bay, FL 32907. Come out to have fun in the sun and learn about ways you can save water and help our environment! Kids k-12 Create your own artwork for our Water Conservation Poster Contest!
- Spring Break Camps- The City of Palm Bay hosts Spring break Camps where Utilities will bring activities to share about water conservation and share some goodies! This is another great time to participate in the Water Conservation Poster Contest!
For more information please contact Community Outreach Coordinator Julie Clark at Julie.Clark@PBFL.ORG
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.
For water conservation try this water calculator tool . If you think you are using too much water stop by Customer Service to pick up your free Water Conservation Kit. Palm Bay Utilities Water Conservation Kit consist of:
- Water Flow Meter bag (1) - The Shower Flow & Faucet Flow Meter Bag helps measure the flow of shower heads and faucet aerators. The meter bag is a calibrated, reusable, low cost way to calculate fixture flow in gallons per minute.
- A Water Conserving Shower head (2) - Want to reduce that flow? Try the 1.5 GPM water and energy efficient Spoiler™ Showerhead delivers an enjoyable showering experience with three spray settings: massage, pulsating, and combination spray. The Spoiler™ Showerhead offers proven reliability, performance, savings, and a high degree of user satisfaction.
Pressure Compensated Bubble Spray Aerator (3) The faucet flow-reducing aerator is an innovative water-saving solution designed to accommodate both male and female faucets. These faucet aerators save water and energy by producing forceful streams regardless of available water pressure at a reduced flow rate that minimizes the amount of energy needed to heat hot water.
Leak Detection Tablets 2 Pack (4) -Leak Detection Toilet Dye Tablets are used to rapidly identify a leaky toilet tank which can waste thousands of gallons of water per year.
5 Year Toilet Flapper (5)- When toilet flappers deteriorate over time they can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day, costing hundreds of dollars a year. Replacing leaky flappers is a low cost way to save money and conserve water.
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.
Make Your Irrigation Smart!
Smart Irrigation is a public awareness campaign to promote efficient water use. Using water wisely. It saves money on your utility bill, nurtures green spaces that deliver real environmental benefits, and protects your community’s water supply for generations to come. Smart Irrigation also 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 over watering 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.
Know Your Watering Days
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).
Spring schedule is Eastern Standard Time ( Not Daylight Saving Time) which is the first Sunday in November until the second Sunday in March. Residents should only water one time per week on designated day.
Fall schedule is Daylight Saving Time which is the second Sunday in March until the following fist Sunday in November. Residents should only water two times per week on designated days.
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.