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Getting the most out of every drop

All these heavy rains of summer lead us to believe we shouldn’t worry about our water usage. But why wouldn’t you want to get the most out of every drop of water you use? Incorporating wise water use practices lowers your monthly bill. It’s also good for the environment.

Watering days and your rain sensor
The biggest water user for a home is your irrigation system. It accounts for about 50-75% of a home’s monthly usage. It’s imperative that its efficiency level is at an optimum. More plants die from overwatering than from under watering. Make sure your irrigation system is watering on its designated days and is free of leaks. For your landscape to get the maximum benefit do not water between 10 .a.m. and 4 p.m. The water will just get evaporated by the sun. Sprinklers should not be watering impervious areas such as driveways or sidewalks. Test your rain sensor annually. It is actually Florida law that your home have a working rain sensor. Visit our Ways to Conserve section on www.tohowater.com to learn about your watering days and times. If you need assistance getting your irrigation system to run correctly and efficiently, contact our Water Conservation Department at 407-944-5121 or email waterconservation@tohowater.com to evaluate your usage.

Tips for inside and outside your home
Our Ways to Conserve section on www.tohowater.com offers many tips on how to save water around the home. When buying new appliances or fixtures make sure they have the WaterSense label on them. If your showerhead can fill a one gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds replace it with a water efficient showerhead. A WaterSense labeled showerhead can save up to 750 gallons per month.
For our outside tips we even have a link for having a Florida friendly garden: www.floridayards.org. Developed by the University of Florida it includes a database that will provide you with a list of recommended trees, palms, shrubs, flowers, groundcovers, grasses and vines for your yard.

Fix those leaks
An easy way to check for leaks is your water meter. Watch the little red triangle on the dial of the meter. If this triangle is moving while no water is being used, you may have a leak. If you can’t locate the leak call our customer service at 407-944-5000 or email customerservice@tohowater.com. We can evaluate if the service of a plumbing contractor is necessary. Visit our Ways to Conserve section on www.tohowater.com to learn about testing for leaks around the home.