We all know how precious water is in our sunny corner of the world, and with the scorching heat, it's more important than ever to conserve this resource. We've got some simple ways for you to conserve water outside.

Irrigate Smartly

Maintaining a lush lawn in Southwest Florida doesn't have to drain your water supply. Follow the watering guidelines which designate specific days for irrigation based on your address. Odd numbered addresses may water their lawns on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Even numbered addresses may water their lawns on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Fridays are dry days.


Collect Rainwater

In Southwest Florida, we're blessed with plenty of rain, especially during the summer. Why not make the most of it? Set up a rain barrel to collect rainwater. A single inch of rain falling on a 1,000-square-foot roof can yield over 600 gallons of water. You can use this water for your outdoor plants, reducing the need for tap water. It's eco-friendly and easy to set up. Don't let those precious raindrops go to waste – collect them in a barrel for your garden.

Get Smart with Rain Sensors

Incorporate rain sensors into your irrigation system. These nifty gadgets detect when it's raining and automatically shut off your sprinklers. This not only saves water but also ensures your lawn gets the right amount of hydration.


Embrace Xeriscaping

Xeriscaping is not as complicated as it sounds. It's all about choosing plants that are well-suited to our Southwest Florida climate and require less water. Native plants, succulents, and drought-resistant varieties are your new best friends in the garden.

Love Your Mulch

Mulching around your plants not only looks good but also helps retain moisture in the soil. Plus, it keeps those pesky weeds at bay. It's like a win for your garden and water conservation.


Skip the Hose

When it comes to cleaning driveways and sidewalks, leave the hose in the garage and grab a broom instead. Sweeping is not only efficient but also saves gallons of water.

Choose a Car Wash

Skip the driveway DIY car wash. Professional car washes are designed to recycle water efficiently, ensuring your car gets clean without wasting our precious resource.


Fix Those Leaks

A dripping faucet or a leaky hose may seem small, but they can waste a surprising amount of water over time. Don't ignore them; fix them promptly to save water and money on your water bill.

Pool Covers Are Cool

If you have a pool, consider investing in a pool cover. It helps reduce evaporation, which can be a significant source of water loss, especially during our hot Florida summers.


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