Know Your Water Restrictions

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Conserving water is something important to do all year long here in Florida. Take a moment to learn about water restrictions and what you can do every day to conserve our water.
 
Our state is nearly surrounded by water and if with all the lakes, rivers, and streams it would seem like we have an endless supply. But the truth is a lot of that water is not suitable for our everyday use and the extreme periods of wet and dry weather we experience means that saving our water is a very important issue.
 
The St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) has been dedicated to water conservation for many years and they provide a tremendous amount of useful information about the subject.
 
One of the biggest concerns has to do with irrigating our lawns which is why it is important to know about mandatory watering restrictions.
 
Some basic information to know is that from early March until early November you are allowed to water your lawn twice a week. For the other months of the year you may only water once a week. The days in which you allowed are based on your address.
 
Other information, such as irrigation being prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and watering exceptions, can be found here.
 
Overall you should only irrigate your lawn only when it needs it. A hearty rain can eliminate your need to water for two weeks and over-watering can weaken your lawn's root system while promoting the growth of weeds, disease and fungus.
 
There are also simple steps you can take to save water inside your home. Turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth and only running dishwashers and laundry machines with a full load is an easy start.
 
A more important thing to consider is fixing leaks. Leaky toilets and faucets can waste thousand of gallons of water each month that you end up paying for anyway.
 
We are all pretty lucky to live in an infrastructure that provides us clean water straight to our homes. It is important not to take something like that for granted just because it seems so simple. Do your part to ensure that we have this luxury well into the future.

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