TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners approved at its meeting Tuesday a proclamation designating April as Water Conservation month to encourage awareness about the importance of water conservation.
Learning to use less water today is the best and least expensive way to avoid possible problems in the future. With its hundreds of freshwater lakes and rivers, preserving this natural resource is paramount for Lake County. Through many of its programs, such as Adopt-a-Lake and Mobile Irrigation Lab, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners promotes protecting and conserving water resources.
In the rotunda of the Lake County Administration Building, located at 315 W. Main St., in Tavares, a table of water-conservation brochures and pamphlets is available for residents. In addition, here are 10 tips homeowners can consider to reduce their water consumption:
- Adjust your sprinklers. Up to 70 percent of residential water use goes to maintaining yards. Remember to follow the landscape irrigation restrictions established by the local water management district.
- Check your system. Do a weekly check for broken or clogged sprinkler heads and replace them right away. Make sure you are watering your yard and not the driveway or sidewalk.
- Fix those leaks. A leak at the rate of one drop per second can waste up to 2,700 gallons per year.
- Plant native species or drought-tolerant plants. Some plants homeowners use are not intended for the unique climate in Central Florida.
- Use a broom instead of a hose. Sweeping up rather than hosing off leaves or grass clippings not only saves water, it reduces runoff.
- Get an adjustable hose nozzle for outdoor use. That way you can adjust the spray to meet your needs. A hose running for five minutes uses the same amount of water as a 20-minute shower.
- Take shorter showers. Cutting two minutes off your shower time can save 600 gallons a month for a family of four. If you change the showerhead to a water efficient model, you could save even more.
- Use only what you need. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth or shave.
- Don’t waste water. Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it, such as watering a plant or cleaning.
- Wash only full loads of laundry. Waiting until you have a full load can save you up to 20 gallons for the same amount of clean clothes.