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Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County: One-day-per-week watering restrictions issued countywide • Click Here For Updated Watering Schedule
Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County: One-day-per-week watering restrictions issued countywide • Click Here For Updated Watering Schedule
Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County: One-day-per-week watering restrictions issued countywide • Click Here For Updated Watering Schedule
Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County: One-day-per-week watering restrictions issued countywide • Click Here For Updated Watering Schedule
Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County: One-day-per-week watering restrictions issued countywide • Click Here For Updated Watering Schedule
Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County: One-day-per-week watering restrictions issued countywide • Click Here For Updated Watering Schedule
Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County: One-day-per-week watering restrictions issued countywide • Click Here For Updated Watering Schedule
Water Shortage Order issued for Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County: One-day-per-week watering restrictions issued countywide • Click Here For Updated Watering Schedule

Transforming your home into a WaterSense certified home can save you money, and it is especially important in Tampa, where our subtropical climate and periodic drought conditions heighten the importance of water conservation. WaterSense, an initiative by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), promotes water efficiency and the use of water-saving products. Here are some tips for local Tampa residents to achieve WaterSense certification:

1) Install WaterSense Labeled Fixtures:

In Tampa’s climate, efficient toilets and shower heads can significantly reduce indoor water use, crucial during dry seasons. Start by replacing existing toilets, shower heads, and faucets with those bearing the WaterSense label. These fixtures are rigorously tested for both water efficiency and performance to ensure they meet high environmental and functional standards.

  • Toilets should use less than 1.28 gallons per flush, significantly lower than older models that can use up to 6 gallons. This reduction not only conserves water but also decreases your water bill.
  • Shower heads should have a low flow rate to conserve water, yet they are engineered to maintain good water pressure for a satisfying shower experience.
  • Faucets and aerators should be designed to reduce water flow, thereby saving water without affecting usability. By integrating these efficient fixtures, homeowners can contribute to water conservation efforts while enjoying the benefits of modern, efficient appliances.

Additionally, regular maintenance of these fixtures can further enhance their efficiency. Checking for leaks, cleaning aerators, and replacing worn parts quickly ensures optimal performance and continued water savings.

2) Fix Leaks Promptly:

Due to Tampa’s humid climate, pipes and fixtures may be prone to corrosion and leaks. Regular inspections are essential. Pay particular attention to outdoor connections, as these can be a major source of water wastage, especially in irrigation-heavy areas like Tampa. Key areas to inspect include:

  • Faucets and shower heads: Look for drips and correct them.
  • Toilet leaks: Check periodically for internal leaks.
  • Outdoor connections: Ensure hoses and irrigation systems are leak-free.

Be sure to check your lawn’s sprinkler system for leaks and problems like misting. Here are 4 common sprinkler head problems and how to fix them. Some maintenance can easily be done by homeowners and you can also see our list of professional sprinkler repair services here.

3) Upgrade to High-Efficiency Appliances:

Appliances like dishwashers and washing machines can be significant water users. These should all be labeled with the Energy Star label. Opt for appliances that are not only energy-efficient but also use less water. This is particularly important in Tampa, where our municipal water supply can be strained during peak usage periods. High-efficiency washing machines, for example, not only use less water but also use less energy for each load of laundry.

High-efficiency washing machines offer significant energy savings compared to traditional models.

  • These machines typically use about 20-50% less energy.
  • Additionally, they consume approximately 40-50% less water, which not only conserves water but also reduces the energy required for heating it.

The efficiency is further enhanced by faster spin cycles that extract more water from clothes, leading to shorter and less energy-intensive drying times. High-efficiency models often feature optimized wash settings that adjust to the load’s size and type, ensuring that no more energy and water are used than necessary.

4) Adopt Water-Smart Landscaping:

Take an innovative approach to garden design that prioritizes water efficiency and sustainability. Select plants that are native or well-adapted to the local climate, thus requiring minimal irrigation beyond natural rainfall. WaterSense landscapes often incorporate drought-tolerant grasses, shrubs, and perennials, which not only conserve water but also reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Moreover, these landscapes employ smart irrigation techniques like drip irrigation and the use of mulches to retain soil moisture.

  • Redesign your garden with drought-tolerant plants that require minimal watering. Opt for native or drought-tolerant plants that thrive in Florida’s conditions with minimal irrigation.
  • Consider using drip irrigation systems that deliver water directly to the roots of plants, reducing evaporation and wastage.
  • Implement rainwater harvesting systems to collect and use rainwater for outdoor watering needs.
  • Install an automatic irrigation sensor, such as one from Rainbird, which will automatically deactivate your sprinkler system when it rains.

By focusing on water conservation, water-smart landscaping not only helps in preserving precious water resources but also creates a diverse, resilient, and visually appealing garden space that thrives with minimal maintenance. This approach is particularly vital in regions with water scarcity and can significantly contribute to environmental sustainability.

5) Insulate Water Pipes

This helps to reduce the time it takes for hot water to reach the taps, thereby saving water and energy. Insulating hot water pipes also keeps water hotter for longer periods, reducing the need for reheating.

6) Educate Household Members:

The behavior of those living in the home plays a crucial role in water conservation. Encourage habits like:

  • Turning off the tap while brushing teeth or washing dishes.
  • Taking shorter showers.
  • Only running dishwashers and washing machines with full loads.
  • Discuss how often you need to water your lawn if you live in our area of Florida.

7) Perform a Water Audit

Hiring a professional or using DIY kits for a water audit is an essential step towards efficient water management and becoming a WaterSense labeled home. A water audit involves a comprehensive assessment of how water is used and where it may be wasted. By understanding the specific areas of water use and potential inefficiencies, you can take targeted actions to reduce waste and save costs. This process not only helps in identifying leaky faucets or inefficient appliances but also provides insights into daily water usage patterns. Implementing the findings of a water audit can significantly contribute to water conservation efforts and reduce the environmental impact of excessive water usage.

8) Monitor Your Water Usage:

In Tampa, where water usage can spike in the dry season, keeping an eye on water consumption helps in early detection of leaks or overuse. Keeping an eye on your water bill and tracking usage can alert you to any spikes in water use, which might indicate leaks or inefficiencies. Smart water meters can provide real-time data on water usage, helping in better management.

9) Stay Informed About New Technologies:

Water conservation technology and techniques are continually evolving. Stay updated on new technologies and practices that can further reduce water consumption in your home. For example, greywater systems reuse water from sinks and showers for non-potable uses, providing an excellent way to conserve.

Some homes will need to go a step further in order to become WaterSense certified. However, by implementing these steps, many Tampa residents will be able to achieve WaterSense certification for their homes, and they can also significantly contribute to regional water conservation efforts.

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