April is Water Conservation Month, making this an ideal time for people everywhere to take steps to conserve and use water efficiently. April also means the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is in full swing.
Toho Water Authority (Toho) has partnered with the City of Kissimmee for this water conservation challenge. This is the largest national community-based challenge for water conservation. The cities with the most pledges from residents win. The challenge rewards residents who make pledges online at www.Kissimmee.org/mywaterpledge to perform water-saving activities throughout the month.
Toho, Osceola County and the City of Kissimmee have also proclaimed April as Water Conservation Month during their most recent board meetings. This annual proclamation promotes the need to conserve water and bring about public awareness for improving water use efficiency.
• Fix any leaks you may have around the home.
• Take shorter showers.
• Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
• Make sure there are aerators on all of your faucets.
• When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
• When replacing showerheads, faucets or toilets look for those with the WaterSense label.
• Inspect your irrigation system by turning on each zone and look for broken or misdirected sprinkler heads. Correct these issues and make sure they are not irrigating impervious surfaces.
• If it rains at least half an inch on or the day before your watering day, skip your watering day.
• If you are planting new plants this spring, employ Florida-friendly landscaping to put the right plant in the right place to save water.
• Mulch cools the plant roots and helps retain moisture. Make sure your plant beds have at least three inches of organic mulch around each plant but not touching the plant trunk.
• Mow your grass on the highest setting possible (3 to 4 inches) and never mow more than one-third of the grass height. This increases root depth and makes the grass more tolerant to dry conditions.
• Use a hose nozzle when hand watering or washing your car.
As always, follow your watering days and times which are listed in our Ways to Conserve section on www.tohowater.com. Please remember no watering between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
If you need assistance in setting the timer on your irrigation system contact our water conservation department at 407-944-5154 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Conservation Month!