April Will Be “Water Conservation Month”
Mayor Kathy Meehan issued a proclamation during last night’s City Council meeting designating April as Water Conservation Month in the City of Melbourne. In doing so, the City of Melbourne is joining with other municipalities and the St. Johns River Water Management District in an effort to increase awareness about the importance of water conservation and the everyday changes all citizens can make to help save water and extend out water resources well into the future.
During the month of April, the City of Melbourne will be publishing water conservation tips on its Facebook and Twitter pages as a way to remind everyone of the simple steps they can take every day to conserve water. For example:
Turn off the water as you brush your teeth, wash your face or shave. Faucets left in the open running position can waste 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.
- Find out if you can connect your irrigation system to the City’s reclaimed water distribution system. Using reclaimed water helps extends our traditional water supply by safely recycling an average of 2.3 million gallons of water every day.
For more information or advice on how to save water, please contact the City of Melbourne’s ECO Division: (321) 608-5080.
St. Johns River Water Management District Intergovernmental Coordinator Abby Johnson and Mayor Meehan at the March 10, 2020, City Council meeting.