Cover your pool
Simply covering your pool with a pool cover (otherwise known as a solar cover or thermal blanket) helps the environment in the following ways: it keeps both water and heat from evaporating at dramatic rates and it helps keep pool chemicals, if you use them, from polluting the air.

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Watering Restrictions


Allowed watering times:
12:00 midnight to 10:00 am, or 4:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.

Allowed watering days:
Thursday & Sundays = Even numbered and no numbered addresses.
Wednesday & Saturday = Odd numbered addresses.

For more details on watering restrictions in your area, please check with your city management.


SSWCD celebrates Water Conservation Month PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 January 2009

The Seminole Soil and Water Conservation District wants to lead the celebration of Water Conservation Month in April by offering information to help homeowners and others make good choices when it comes to saving water.

This is not just the time to think about April Showers - which we rarely experience here -  but the time to think about water conservation.

We should think about ways to  save water now.  Although Florida receives an average of 52 inches of rainfall per year, 60 percent of that rainfall occurs between June and September. 

On the lawn

  • Half of the water we use in our homes is on the lawns. While trying to maintain unnaturally green expanses of grass, we put half the water we consume on our lawns. Often the water we use for irrigation is potable water. Even un-enhanced water (like that which comes from a private well) is drawn from the Floridan Aquifer, which is not an unlimited source and which is becoming depleted.
  • Automatic irrigation systems are usually the single largest use of water in a home, so using proper irrigation and scheduling techniques will dramatically improve water efficiency.
  • Another way to reduce your water consumption is by practicing Florida-friendly landscaping techniques. These techniques, established by the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences for the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program, are a commonsense way to landscape that conserves water and protects the environment by operating on the followingprinciples:
  • Right Plant, Right Place -- Plants selected to suit a specific site will require minimal amounts of water, fertilizers and pesticides. Group plants according to their maintenance needs.
  • Water Efficiently -- Irrigate only when your lawn and landscape need water. Efficient watering is the key to a healthy Florida yard and conservation of limited resources.
  • Fertilize Appropriately -- Less is often best. Over-utilization of fertilizers can be hazardous to your yard and the environment.
  • Mulch -- Maintaining a 3-inch layer of mulch will help retain soil moisture, prevent erosion and suppress weeds.
  • Manage Yard Pests Responsibly -- Unwise use of pesticides can harm people, pets, beneficial organisms and the environment.
  • Recycle -- Grass clippings, leaves and yard trimmings recycled on site provide nutrients to the soil and reduce waste disposal.
  • Reduce Stormwater Runoff -- Water running off your yard can carry pollutants such as soil, debris, fertilizer and pesticides that can adversely impact water quality. Reduction of this runoff will help prevent nonpoint-source pollution.
  • Protect the Waterfront -- Waterfront property, whether on a river, stream, pond, bay or beach, is very fragile and should be carefully protected to maintain freshwater and marine ecosystems.
  • Attract Wildlife -- Plants in your yard that provide food, water and shelter can sustain Florida's diverse wildlife.

In the house

We are often better about saving water inside our homes, but Seminole County residents still use an average of more than 140 gallons of water per person per day.

There are literally hundreds of ways you can save water inside our homes. Being consious about our usage is the first step toward saving water. Here are a few suggestions to begin to think about ways to use less:

  • Fix leaks – this can save up to 10 gallons of water a dayfrom one faucet. Fixing a leaky toilet can save about 200 gallons of water daily.
  • Install low flow showerheads and faucet aerators. This can save both hot and cold water (aerators can save up to 40 percent of the water you use).
  • Take showers instead of baths. A bath typically requires 70 gallons of water, while a five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons.
  • When you need to run the washing machine or dishwasher, make sure the machines are full (and when you need to replace them, go for a hight efficiency washer.
  • If you pour yourself a glass of water and don’t finish it, instead of pouring it down the drain, find another use for it such as watering a plant.
  • Don’t flush the toilet when you don’t have to – throw tissues, insects, and dental floss away in the trash instead of the toilet.
  • When you wash dishes by hand, fill one side of the sink with soapy water followed by a quick rinse under a slow drip from the faucet.
  • Don’t wait for the water from the faucet get warm before you wash your hands. It might be chilly but it'll still get the job done.
  • Instead of waiting for the tap to run cold when you want a glass of water, store a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 July 2011 )
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