April is “Water Conservation Month”
The Melbourne City Council has proclaimed April 2016 to be “Water Conservation Month” in an effort to encourage all citizens to find ways to save water at their homes and businesses.
The City of Melbourne is among the local governments, businesses, agriculture and other groups who are working with the St. Johns Water Management District to develop a long-term water conservation program and instill a culture of conservation in our communities.
“Clean and sustainable water resources are vital to Florida’s environment, economy, and quality of life,” said Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan. “The City of Melbourne supports the efforts of the St. Johns River Water Management District and joins in designating April as Florida’s Water Conservation Month.”
The City of Melbourne encourages all residents, visitors, and businesses to help protect our precious resources by practicing water conservation measures and becoming more aware of the need to conserve water.
Here are some effective ways to save water at home:
- Turn off the water as you brush your teeth, wash your face or shave. Faucets left in the open running position waste from several hundred to several thousand gallons of water per day.
- Find and fix leaks. A leaky faucet or toilet can waste thousands of gallons of water each month.
- Install low-flow toilets and showerheads. Rebates are available from the City of Melbourne for installing low-flow toilets.
- Irrigate grass and outdoor plants only when they need it, properly maintain your irrigation system, and choose plants that require minimal water. Follow seasonal watering restrictions.
- Install a rain barrel to capture and store rain water that flows off your rooftop. Harvested rainwater can be used to water your lawn and landscaped areas, fill ponds or fountains, and wash cars. The City of Melbourne offers $50 rebates to Melbourne residents who install rain barrels.
For more information or advice on how to save water, please contact the City of Melbourne’s ECO Division: (321) 608-5080.