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Why is April Water Conservation Month?

Did you know that the driest months of the year in Florida are during the spring? For the dry months of April, May and June the state’s temperature begins to increase along with outdoor water use. With little or no rain during this period it is vitally important to conserve and use water efficiently.
With this Toho Water Authority has joined the state and other local governments in declaring April as Water Conservation Month. This annual proclamation promotes the need to conserve water during Florida’s dry season and bring about public awareness for improving water use efficiency.
Most of your monthly water use is used on the outside of the home. Here are some tips to conserve during this dry season:
• If it rains at least half an inch on or the day before your watering day, skip your watering day.
• Inspect your irrigation system by turning on each zone for less than 5 minutes and look for broken or misdirected sprinkler heads. Correct these issues and make sure they are not irrigating impervious surfaces.
• Wait until the summer rainy season for installing new sod, trees or plants.
• 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 waterconservation@tohowater.com.