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Water Conservation

Without question we all understand how vital water is to our everyday, and how we would be impacted if one day we woke up to a world without it, or better yet, a world where we could no longer afford to turn on our tap.   Conservation and growth and development can go hand in hand in a very natural way setting Winter Haven up for a sustainable, enjoyable future. #ConserveWaterWinterHaven

What is Water Conservation all about?

The City of Winter Haven’s growth and development is moving forward at a rapid speed. This trend is valuable to the health of the community, but we should also think of our vital Natural Resources in the same way we think about growth. Without conservation of water, we cannot look forward to a healthy growth pattern that can be maintained for the future.

Conservation Saves Money for You and Your Community!

Limiting household water use will reduce your monthly bill and in turn starts a chain reaction of more savings! Your community will save money on pumping and treating water before and after use, and this will delay LARGE costs for adding new water sources and treatment facilities.

It Insures the Reliability of Your Water Supply
Water conservation can positively affect the reliability of your water supplies during periods of high demand (such as summer months) and during drought. The future of Winter Haven depends greatly upon the availability of water for generations to come. Water conservation is one of the surest, cheapest ways to insure that future.

Did You Know?
All of our drinking water is pumped from the underground Floridan Aquifer. Which is right below our feet! Freshwater is a limited resource and should be treated as such. This is the same water that you use on your lawn. Limiting your irrigation use will play a huge part in saving our water supply.

  • Start by checking your water bill! You can find your household consumption and compare your usage month to month. You can contact our Water Conservation Specialist for ways to conserve at (863) 298-5495 or kcarlton@mywinterhaven.com.
  • In Winter haven 40% of our water supply goes to lawns and landscapes!Change those water thirsty lawns into Florida-Friendly Landscape. This will not only save water, but it can reduce the amount of pollution entering our waterways, increase water recharge and create habitat for butterflies and other wildlife. For more information on Florida-Friendly Landscapes go to https://ffl.ifas.ufl.edu/
  • Ask about rebates that we offer to those who qualify. (You can find the links to these application on the tab to the left.)

  • Lunch and Learn Dates and Registration Links are below:
  • Next lunch and learn will be held at Rotary Park in September. Keep checking back for details!
  • Get to know your irrigation controller, and check it regularly!

Lawn Watering Days and Times

  • Lawn watering is limited to no more than twice per week.
    • Even addresses may water on Thursday and/or Sunday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
    • Odd addresses may water on Wednesday and/or Saturday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
    • Locations without a discernible address, such as rights-of-way and common areas inside a subdivision, may water on Tuesday and/or Friday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
  • Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day and any time.

New Lawns and Plants

  • New lawns and plants have a “30-30” establishment period.
  • On the day of installation, watering is allowed on any day at any time.
  • During the first 30 days, watering is allowed on any day during the allowable hours.
  • During the second 30 days, watering is allowed three days per week: even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; odd-numbered addresses may water Monday, Wednesday and Saturday; and locations without a discernible address may water on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Reclaimed Water

  • Reclaimed water remains subject to voluntary watering hours

Fountains, Car Washing and Pressure Washing

  • There are no specific restrictions on fountains, car washing and pressure washing.
  • These and other water uses should be conducted as efficiently as possible, such as using a shutoff nozzle on each hose to adhere to the general restriction prohibiting wasteful water use.

Thank you for doing your part to conserve The City of Winter Haven’s water supply, and do not hesitate to contact us with your conservation questions.