The City of Palm Bay invites you to take a water conservation challenge! We celebrate April as water conservation month. As we lead into April, we invite you to take these small steps of conservation and by the end of the month you will have made HUGE changes!
A Water-Efficient Home
The most important action you can take as a residential water consumer is to maintain a water-efficient home. A water-efficient home helps you minimize your water use, conserve energy and reduce your water and sewer costs.
Fix a leak Week
Usually runs the third week of March every year. Fix-a-Leak Week promoted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year we hunt down the drips during Fix a Leak Week. Why would you wait for one week out of the year? You can check for leaks all year round! In order to fix a leak you need the tools to do so. Pick up one of our Water Conservation Kits free to Palm Bay Utilities Customers!
Water Conservation Kits
- Water Flow Meter bag - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.
Stop by Customer Service to pick up your FREE 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.
Water Conservation Efforts
Palm Bay Utilities Department’s mission and commitment to promoting water conservation is dependent on the number of people reached every year. Practicing good conservation is important and we strive to reach out to all residents of Palm Bay and share information on our important yet fragile resource, water. Palm Bay Utilities has a strong outreach program for all residents including participating in seminars, speaking at HOA's, and educational outreach at Palm Bay schools.
The world has a very limited amount of fresh water available for consumption. Nearly 70 percent of the world is covered by water, only 2.5 percent of it is fresh. The rest is saline and ocean- based. Even then, just 1 percent of our freshwater is easily accessible, with much of it trapped in glaciers and snowfields.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.
A student entering kindergarten in 2018 will live to see the constraint the world will have for water by the time they have finished college. According to the World Resources Institute, projections for potable water (consumable water) is becoming more strained every year all over the globe. It is exceedingly important to educate our communities on water conservation.
Different terms are used to describe different types of water scarcity:
A water shortage is when there is not enough water to meet demands. Changes in the weather, such as drought can cause a water shortage.
Water stress is the difficulty of finding sources of fresh water for use.
A water crisis is a situation where the available supply of potable, clean water within an area is less than the demand for it.
If we continue on in "business as usual scenario", we could see water stress in the near future. However, we know that every positive action we chose to make to preserve water helps change that picture. Learning about water issues can be a little scary. There are many things we can do to contribute to saving water from watering your lawn correctly, to installing new water saving fixtures in your home, to ensuring your irrigation system is optimally utilized, to practicing Florida-Friendly Landscaping with the right plant in the right place to reduce waste.
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).
March - November (Water Two Times per Week)
Second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November residents should only water two times per week on designated days.
March to November Designated Days
Residential: Wednesday and Saturday (Odd Address) / Thursday and Sunday (Even Address)
Commercial: Tuesday and Friday
November - March (Water One Time per Week)
First Sunday in November until the second Sunday in March residents should only water one time per week on designated day.
November to March Designated Day
Residential: Saturday (Odd Address) / Sunday (Even Address)
To report a violation, please contact St. Johns River Water Management District 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.
Having a beautiful yard doesn’t have to mean using a lot of water or spending a lot of money. Click to check out the Water-Smart Landscaping website.
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.
The Nine Florida Friendly Landscaping Principles
- Right Plant, Right Place
- Water Efficiently
- Fertilize Appropriately
- Attract Wildlife
- Manage Yard Pests Responsibly
- Reduce Storm Water Runoff
- Protect the Waterfront
Check out the "Florida Yards" website. 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.