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Water Conservation

The City of Plantation Utilities Department is dedicated to producing and delivering the highest quality water to residents and businesses.  We continually strive to adopt new methods for delivery while meeting all state and federal standards.  However, sustainability is a major challenge in meeting the needs of Plantation (and many parts of this country and the world) now and in the future.

Water is a vital and natural but extremely limited resource that affects the quality of our lives.  For instance, less than one percent (1%) of the world’s water is useable for drinking water and irrigation.  It is in our best interest to do our part to conserve water for our current population and for future generations.

Florida is one of the states that faces a sustainability issue as the population continues to grow.   The state’s overall water conservation goal is to prevent and reduce wasteful, uneconomical, impractical or unreasonable use of water resources.  The good news is that water conservation remains the easiest and least expensive method to meet water demands today and in the future.  So, we ask your help to conserve water, starting today!


AVERAGE PER-PERSON, PER-DAY WATER USE BY COUNTRY
Country and average gallons per person/per day

United States 152
Japan 99
Mexico 97
Norway 79
France 76
Denmark 59
Germany 51
Brazil 49
United Kingdom 39
China 23

Broward Water Partnership

The City of Plantation recognized the benefit of joining 18 Broward County municipalities and water utilities in a campaign to educate residents and businesses about our water resources and the importance of conserving water for current and future sustainability.

Launched in October 2011, the Broward Water Partnership (BWP) has promoted water conservation throughout Broward County through various forms of media.  It has awarded rebates to participating residents and businesses.   Participants’ conservation efforts in 2013 alone saved 78,474,110 gallons of water in Broward County.   It is important that everyone continues or adopts good water conservation habits to meet our current and future needs so we can avoid very expensive alternate water sources.

The result of the BWP endeavors and the community support for water conservation has been acknowledged!  The National Association of Counties (NACO) awarded the Broward Water Partnership its 2012 Achievement Award for the BWP’s submittal, “Conservation Pays:  A Regional Partnership in Water Conservation.”  In 2013 the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association awarded the BWP a Best in Class during the annual Water Conservation Awards of Excellence.

For residents and businesses who have toilets that were installed before 1994, the Broward Water Partnership (conservationpays.com), on behalf of the City of Plantation, administers rebates of up to $100 per pre-1994 toilet  that is replaced with a high-efficiency toilet.  The old toilet must be replaced with a 1.28 gallons-per-flush, high-efficiency toilet.  Residents and businesses must read and follow the terms and conditions of the program in order to receive the rebate(s).

Please note: Plantation encourages residents who install 1.28 gallons-per-flush toilet to purchase one that has a MaP rating of 800-1,000 grams of “flushability” strength.

While the BWP thanks all who are doing their part to conserve water, our work is just beginning.  All of us need to make water conservation a daily habit to assure sustainability and to avoid very costly alternate water sources. Using water more efficiently helps preserve water supplies, reducing stress on water systems and the environment.  


Average Household Usage
Here are some facts, tips, and websites to encourage everyone to do their part:

Outdoor use:  

  • Over 50% of household water use is used to water yards and conventional landscapes.
  • Water on designated days and times, according to the Broward County Ordinance noted below.*
  • Limit the use of fertilizers and pesticides, a leading cause of water pollution.
  • Redirect runoff water from the roof, patio or other areas onto grassy areas.

Indoor use:

  • 26% of water used indoors is via toilets.  See if you qualify for a rebate of up to $100 to change your old, pre-1994 water-guzzling toilet to a high-efficiency toilet that uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush (Conservationpays.com).
  • 22% of indoor use is clothes washing:  new machines use 16 gallons/load vs. 40 gallons/load old machines.
  •  17% of indoor use is from the shower:  use low-flow shower heads, and limit showers to five minutes.
  • 15% of indoor use is from faucets to brush teeth, wash face/hands, shave.

Broward County Ordinance – Permanent Twice-per-week Landscape Watering Schedule 

*The Broward County Ordinance states the permanent, year-round irrigation schedule for days and times to water the yard and garden.   (Water the lawn only when it needs it.  If the lawn springs back when you walk across it, there is no need to water; if you leave footprints, water the lawn.  Watering the yard only when it needs it encourages roots to grow deeper and yields a stronger turf.)

Current water restrictions
Lawn irrigation for all property sizes is allowed TWO days per week on the following schedule:

  • Residents and businesses with an ODD numbered street address (ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9):  lawn watering is permitted on WEDNESDAYS and SATURDAYS from 12:00 AM (midnight) to 10:00 AM a.m. or from 4:00 to 11:59 PM.
  • Residents and businesses with an EVEN numbered street address (ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8), no street address, or who water both even and odd addresses within the same zones, including multi-family units and Homeowner Associations:  lawn watering is permitted on THURSDAYS and SUNDAYS from 12:00 AM (midnight) to 10:00 AM or from 4:00  to 11:59 PM.
  • Residents should choose one of the two “watering windows” on their designated irrigation days. For the most efficient use of water, residents should AVOID irrigating during both time periods on the same day.

The SFWMD recommends the efficient use of water, which includes placing a maximum of about three-quarters of an inch to an inch of water once per week on lawns, and accomplishing irrigation during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest to reduce evaporation loss.

We strongly encourage residents to be mindful of their water use and be thoughtful of ways you can save water.  If the residents and businesses of Plantation can permanently reduce its per capita water consumption, we may be able to significantly delay or eliminate altogether the need for costly alternative water supply projects. The most inexpensive alternative water supply project is CONSERVATION.


Other Ways to Save Water

  1. Replace old, pre-1994 toilets with high-efficiency toilets (1.28 gallons per flush with a MaP rated 800-1000 grams for best conservation measures).  Visit the Conservation Pays Toolbox to calculate water savings and read FAQs, including how to fix leaks.
  2. Fix all leaks:  toilets, all indoor faucets and outdoor spigots.  How much water does a leaky faucet waste? Find out here! 
  3. Install water-saving shower heads and faucet aerators.
  4. Run only full loads of laundry or a full dishwasher.
  5. Turn off the faucets while shaving, brushing your teeth, lathering your hands or face.
  6. Shorten your shower time to five minutes and use only 10-25 gallons of water. Filling a bathtub can take up to 70 gallons of water!
  7. Use a broom, not the hose, to clean the sidewalk, patio, or driveway. It not only saves water, but it’s also great exercise!
  8. When washing your car, park the over the grass so the grass, not the driveway, benefits from the water.
  9. Keep a bottle of cold tap water in the refrigerator so you avoid the cost of wasting running water while waiting for it to cool.

South Florida Water Management District Tips
For great tips and additional information, click the links below.


       EPA WaterSense Partner        sfwmd.gov - Water Shortage Watch. Keeping an Eye on Water Supply.


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