Welcome to the hub for all things water conservation in Collier County.

Water is more precious than gold, and here, we’ll uncover why conserving it is crucial. From preserving our local environment to making sure that there is enough water in the future, conserving water makes a difference.

Becoming a water conservation hero doesn’t require a cape or a mask; it’s about making simple, everyday choices that have a big impact. So, what are you waiting for? Join the heroic journey that benefits you, your community and the planet. If you love Collier County then conserve water and make a difference, one drop at a time.

Collier County's Hidden Treasure

Have you ever wondered where that refreshing glass of water comes from? It’s a fascinating journey that starts deep underground, in aquifers that are essentially underground rivers filled with fresh water. Let’s take a closer look at how this water finds its way to our taps.

Aquifers Are the Source of Our Water

Underneath our feet lies a hidden treasure – aquifers. These are vast underground reservoirs filled with freshwater. It’s like having secret rivers flowing beneath us, and they are the source of our drinking water in Collier County. But how does this hidden treasure make its way to the surface?

The Journey of Our Drinking Water

Large pumps are used to draw water from these aquifers, bringing it up to the surface where it can be treated and distributed to our homes and businesses. Once our water has been pumped to the surface, it’s transported via pipes to two water treatment plants in Collier County. The water goes through a treatment process to ensure it’s safe to drink. First, the water is filtered to remove impurities and particles. Then, it’s disinfected to eliminate any harmful microorganisms that might be present. After treatment, our water undergoes rigorous lab tests to meet the high standards set by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. These tests ensure that the water is not only safe but also of the highest quality. But the journey doesn’t end there. The water is then distributed to your home through a system of water mains and pipes.

Why Water Conservation Matters in Collier County

Now, you might be wondering, “Why should we conserve water if it seems so abundant?” While our aquifers hold a significant amount of water, they are not infinite. We share the aquifers with everyone who lives in Florida. As more and more people move to the state, demand for drinking water continues to grow. Agriculture, industry and domestic use all contribute to the depletion of this precious resource. In 2022, Collier County residents used more than 10 billion gallons of water and that amount increases by 500 million gallons every year. Depleting aquifers and droughts affect how much drinking water is available.

Preserve Our Environment

Every drop we use affects our local ecosystems. In the Everglades, which is a vital part of Southwest Florida’s environment, water conservation efforts help maintain the delicate balance of this unique ecosystem. Aquifers are not just sources of drinking water; they also support wetlands, rivers, and wildlife habitats. When we use water responsibly, we ensure the health of these ecosystems.

Secure the Future

Conserving water is an investment in the future. Our children and their children will depend on these same aquifers for their water supply. By adopting water-saving habits now, we ensure a sustainable water supply for the future. It’s a legacy of love that lasts for generations.

It's Up to Us

The responsibility of conserving water falls on each one of us. Being mindful of water use can make a big difference. Our hidden treasure is precious and it’s our job to protect it. As stewards of these underground treasures, it is our responsibility to employ scientific knowledge and sound management practices to protect and preserve these vital aquifers for future generations. In doing so, we can ensure a sustainable and secure freshwater supply for Collier County and beyond. So, the next time you enjoy a glass of water in Collier County, think about the incredible journey it took to get there. Let’s cherish this resource, conserve it for the future, and ensure that our environment thrives. It’s up to us to keep the aquifers flowing for generations to come.

Conserving Water in Your Home

Inside your home is where the water-saving adventure begins. It’s easy to be a water-saving superstar with simple actions like using water-efficient appliances, banishing leaks and taking quicker showers.

Conserving Water Outside

Your outdoor oasis can thrive with water conservation in mind. From smarter sprinkler schedules to giving your car some TLC at the carwash, you'll be on your way to becoming an outdoor water conservation hero.

Kids Zone

Discover how you can save the day by conserving water at school and at home. You can even enter the Drop Savers art contest to win cool prizes. It's your chance to make a big splash in water conservation.

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