Conserving water means more water will be available to serve present and future water needs, as well as for wildlife and recreation.
Water conservation practices can result in lower wastewater discharges, which can mean an improvement in overall water quality. Conserving water diminishes our need to find or build new water sources, leaving them in reserve for future use.
…It Saves Money for You and Your Community
Conserving water reduces the amount of money you spend each month for household water use. Your community saves the money spent pumping and treating water before and after use, plus conservation can delay expenditures for additional 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.
Meeting the Challenge:
All of our water is pumped from the underground Floridan Aquifer. Winter Haven lies within an area designated as the Southern Water Use Caution Area (SWUCA), by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). The City’s goal in our water resource planning is to maintain a high quality water supply that is compatible with environmental concerns established by SWFWMD.
Approximately 58 percent of the City’s total water use is residential. The current average per person usage is 114 gallons per day (gpcd). Our goal is to significantly reduce water usage by the year 2020. This conservation goal can be met by wise water practices and elimination of water waste.
Check Your Water Bill:
Your water bill is the best indicator of how well you are conserving. Use your water bill to find out your household’s daily water consumption and your per person water consumption. You can also compare your summer use to your winter use.
District Water Restrictions:
Lawn Watering Days and Times
- Lawn watering is limited to no more than twice per week.
- Lawn watering days and times are as follows unless your city or county has a different schedule or stricter hours in effect:
- 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 discernable 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 discernable address may water on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
- Reclaimed water remains subject to voluntary watering hours, unless restricted by the local government or utility.
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.