If you have questions, call the Florida Public Service Commission’s Division of Regulatory Compliance and Consumer Assistance at 1-800-342-3552, fax questions to 1-800-511-0809, or contact the FPSC via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. See our Internet home page at www.floridapsc.com. SAVE MONEY on your WATER BILL Or write: Florida Public Service Commission Division of Regulatory Compliance and Consumer Assistance 2540 Shumard Oak Boulevard Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0850 Sources of Additional Information Florida Department of Environmental Protection www.dep.state.fl.us/water Florida’s Water Management Districts www.myflorida.com/directory Clean Water Action www.cleanwateraction.org Ground Water Protection Council www.gwpc.org MARCH 2008 Save Money by Conserving Water Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. 80 nd sta Retrofit faucets with low-flow aerators. Leaky toilets can waste 200 gallons per day. 60 ou rw ate y Florida Water Facts leaks. 30 0 2 8 3 3 2 00 GALLONS 40 50 fo r Under 70 20 C r use p tterns. a The water meter is usually housed in a box in the ground in front of the residence. The average Floridian uses about 175 gallons of water per day (compared to the national average of 110 gallons per day.) About 90 percent of Florida’s 18 million residents get their drinking water from public supplies. Each time the large arrow completes a revolution, 100 gallons have passed through the meter, and the last digit on the right advances. The last two zeros, showing hundreds of gallons, never change. About 62 percent of the water used comes from the Florida aquifer system; 17 percent comes from the Biscayne aquifer. Water readings are cumulative, and the meter is not reset after each meter reading. Subtract last month’s numbers from the current reading to show how much water has been used. Surface water sources include lakes, rivers, and the managed canal systems. Florida has a total water area of 4,308 square miles. Insulate the water heater and water pipes. More Tips Inside The small triangle is a low-flow indicator. To check for leaks, turn off all the faucets inside and outside the house. Inspect the water meter. If the low-flow triangle is moving, water is flowing through the meter, indicating a leak in the system. Check pipes for leaks as part of basic maintenance. A faucet dripping at one drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons per week. Using water wisely now means saving money on water bills and protecting the water supply for future generations. 10 er Re a 90 he ck d Your Water g M in 0 et Only 2.5 percent of the world’s water is fresh water, and less than 1 percent of the fresh water is usable. Florida’s growing population is putting greater stress on this essential -- and limited -- resource. Take a shorter shower and install a lowflow showerhead with a 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute) rating. When buying new appliances, consider energy efficient models. INDOOR TIPS Store drinking water in the refrigerator to get it cold rather than letting the tap run. When washing dishes by hand, use tubs of water instead of running water. Use less water for baths. A full tub uses 35-50 gallons. If the handle sticks in the flush position, water runs constantly. Replace or adjust the handle. Dispose of tissue, insects, and other waste in the trash. Wash clothes with full loads and cold water to save water and energy. Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable scraps. Install an instant water heater on the sink so the water doesn’t need to run while heating up. Use the dishwasher with full loads. Check tank for leaks. Lawns only need about a half inch of water at a time. In spring, water once every 3-5 days. In summer, water once every 6-7 days. In winter, water once every 10-14 days. Running the tap water for 2 minutes wastes 3-5 gallons of water. Top loading washers use about three times as much water as front-loading washing machines. Each toilet flush uses 5-7 gallons of water. Replace older models with high efficiency toilets that use less than 2 gallons per flush. Know your local area weather patterns. A strong rain can eliminate watering needs up to two weeks. OUTDOOR TIPS Collect water from the roof into a rain barrel. Use rainwater for watering landscape plants Landscape with Florida-friendly, drought tolerant plants, trees, and grasses. Watering in the morning minimizes evaporation and waste. Watering in the evening is the next best alternative. Turn water off at the spigot to reduce leaks. Place a shut-off nozzle on the hose to control flow. Group plants together based on similar water needs. Avoid watering on windy days. Reduce fertilizer use because fertilizers increase the need for water. Higher grass is more drought resistant. Raise the lawn mower blades to at least three inches. Check sprinkler systems regularly to make sure they are operating correctly. Mulch to retain moisture Use a sprinkler timer. Make sure water from the sprinkler falls on grass and shrubs, not on paved areas. and reduce weeds. Buy a rain guage. W at er in gw ith a es hose us Install soaker hoses or drip irrigation for flower beds and shrubs. 10 lons gal per minu te. A pinhole-sized leak wastes 170 gallons a day.