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Water Conservation

Winter Haven Water offers a tool kit full of programs, incentives and rebates to help you save money and WATER! 

 SAVE THE DATE: The 8th Annual 7 Rivers Water Festival will be held on September 8th, 2022 at 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Winter Haven’s beautiful downtown Central Park

Click for more information: 7 Rivers Water Festival (polk-county.net)

Ask about our free rain sensorsIs your irrigation system turning on in the rain or after a major rain event? Winter Haven Water offers free wireless rain sensors to all customers with an inground irrigation system. Contact our Water’s Program Administrator for more information: 863-298-5495.

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. With conservation of water, we can look forward to a healthy growth pattern that can be maintained for the future.

Conservation Saves Money for You and Your Community!

Limiting indoor and outdoor 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 alternative water sources and treatment facilities.

 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 Floridan Aquifer. Which is right below our feet! Freshwater is a limited resource and should be treated as such. In most cases in Winter Haven this is the same water that you use on your lawn. Winter Haven suggests that you water your lawn two days a week, during the coolest part of the day!

Visit the Southwest Florida Water Management Districts website for Water 101: The Aquifer : https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/media/3772  

WAYS TO SAVE

  • 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 roughly 38% of our water supply goes to lawns and landscapes! Change those water thirsty lawns into Florida-Friendly Landscapes. This will not only save water and money, 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 for those who qualify. (You can find the links to these application on the tab to the left.)
  • Conservation Related Workshops: COMING SOON!

Irrigation Days

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

  • Although the use of reclaimed water is subject to voluntary watering hours, during dry, hot times please help us conserve the reuse water supply by limiting watering days to two days a week and watering at the coolest parts of the day.

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.