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Lake Washington - Click image for a tour of our photo gallery

Lake Washington provides a surface water supply for the Melbourne area.
 

Water pumped from Lake Washington is treated at the John A. Buckley Surface Water Treatment Plant.
 

City of Melbourne, FL Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant  -  Click image for a tour of our photo gallery

The Joe Mullins Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant was put into operation in 1995 and processes water drawn from deep wells. 
 

City of Melbourne, FL David B. Lee Water Reclamation Facility - Click image for a tour of our photo gallery

David B. Lee 
Water Reclamation Facility

Water Conservation
To preserve Melbourne's precious water resources, conservation practices by water users are essential. We offer some simple practices you can begin right away that will result in big water savings.
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Education is Key

To implement the City of Melbourne's comprehensive water conservation plan, the Environmental Community Outreach Division disseminates water conservation information and devices to the citizens located within Melbourne's water service area. 

The division regularly participates in public outreach and educational activities and environmental events including the Florida Friendly Landscape Seminars, Drop Savers Poster Contest, Teacher Open House at the Brevard Zoo, and the Better Living Expo at the Melbourne Square Mall. Information on water conservation, pollution prevention, water treatment, reclaimed water, and non-point source water pollution protection is given at these events. Water conservation is also promoted through speaking engagements to community and civic groups and to the community at large, and through direct mailings of water conservation brochures and other literature, utility bill inserts, videos, etc. 

The division has an active program to educate  the youth in the service area. The City's Conservation Through Education program provides conservation instruction for students in elementary school through high school. Visit the Education Station for an interactive educational experience and for links to other educational sites on the Internet.  

Additional information is available on Melbourne's Water Conservation Programs web page and the Saving Water In Your Home brochure.

 

Saving Water Indoors

Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering plants or cleaning.
  

Verify that your home is leak free. Many homes can have hidden leaks. To check, read your water meter before and after a one-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak. We provide information on how to perform a leak test.

  
Repair any leaky faucets. A dripping faucet can waste up to 2,700 gallons of water per year, which will also add to the sewer charge on your utility bill.
  
Check for toilet tank leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the water in the bowl within 30 minutes. Flush when the test is completed to prevent tank staining.
  
Never use the toilet for a trash can. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash.
  
Install a displacement device, such as a bag or bottle filled with water, to cut down on the amount needed per flush. Even better, consider purchasing low-volume toilets which use less than half the water of older models.
  
Take shorter showers and replace shower heads with low-flow units. When bathing, fill the tub only one-third to one-half full.
  
Operate dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded.
  

Toilet Retrofit Rebate Program
The City of Melbourne is offering a rebate to residential water customers who retrofit their old high-water use toilets to new high efficiency models. Contact the ECO Division at (321) 608-5080.
 

Saving Water Outdoors

To further the City's water conservation goals, the City has adopted an ordinance that allows for residential lawn irrigation within Melbourne's City limits only between the hours of 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. on certain days depending on your address and the time of year.   This practice has been proven to significantly reduce the effects of evaporation due to watering in the heat of the day. Other ordinances are also in place to further aid in this water conservation effort.


Don't over water your lawn. As a general rule, lawns only need watering every 5 to 7 days in the summer and every 10 to 14 days in the winter.
  
Water lawns in the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speeds are lowest. This reduces loss from evaporation.
  
Don't water your street, driveway or sidewalk. Position your sprinklers so water lands on plants and shrubs, not paved areas.
  
Mulch to retain moisture in the soil. Mulching also helps to control weeds that compete with plants for water.
  
Don't hose down your driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom to clean leaves and other debris.
  
Connect a shut-off nozzle to your hose so water flows only when needed. When finished, turn it off at the faucet to avoid leaks.
  
If you have a swimming pool, consider a new water-saving pool filter. A single back-flushing with a traditional filter uses from 180 to 250 gallons or more of water.
    

For More Information
To request water conservation information or water saving devices, or to schedule a speaker for your civic organization, e-mail the ECO Manager at jwilster@melbourneflorida.org or call (321) 608-5080.

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