Extreme Drought Prompts One Day Watering in WPB

The City of West Palm Beach and the region as a whole is in an extreme drought. The rain deficit has affected all area communities including our primary water supplies at Grassy Waters Preserve, Lake Mangonia and Clear Lake. Our lakes have dropped dramatically over the past several weeks and with no rainfall water supply levels are becoming critical.

Due to current drought conditions, the City of West Palm Beach through the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is initiating one day a week irrigation restrictions. These restrictions become effective Monday, June 13, 2011.

The tighter restrictions affect all City of West Palm Beach water service area customers including the Town of Palm Beach and the Town of South Palm Beach. Customers with odd number residences may only water using irrigation systems on Wednesday’s from 4:00 am to 8:00 am. Even number addresses, which include common areas and multi-family dwellings may only use irrigation systems on Thursday’s from 4:00 am to 8:00 am. Hand watering may be done on the same days from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for 10 minutes. These restrictions include usage from the City’s potable drinking water system, internal community lake or canal systems, or any other water conveyance inside the City’s utility service area.

Please help to inform your friends and neighbors and take steps to reduce water usage. The City will actively enforce this necessary conservation effort.

To view the Declaration of Water Shortage, One-Day-A-Week Landscape Irrigation Restrictions, and Resolution No. 163-11, click here.


30 Things You Can Do To Save Water

In the bathroom:
1. Shorten your shower. A one or two minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons of water each month. If possible take a shallow bath instead of a shower for even greater water savings.
2. Replace your showerhead with low-flow showerheads or install flow restrictors

3. Put trash in the wastebasket – don’t flush! Each time you flush a small bit of trash you waste up to five to seven gallons of water.

4. Check for leaks in your toilets. Drop a dye tablet in your toilet tank or add a few drops of food coloring and let stand for at least three hours. If the color begins to appear in the bowl without flushing, your toilet has a leak and could be wasting thousands of gallons of water each year. Repair those leaks!

5. When brushing your teeth, wet your toothbrush, then, turn off the water.

6. Rinse your razor in a partially filled sink instead of under a running tap.

7. Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Replace worn washers. Small drips from worn washers can waster 20 or more gallons a day. Large leaks can waste hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water.

8. Put a plastic bottle in your toilet. Fill the bottle with water and a small amount of pebbles (to weigh it down) and place it in your tank, away from operating mechanisms. Your plastic bottle works like a displacement bag.

9. While waiting for your bath water to get warm, place a bucket under the faucet to catch the cold water and then use it to water your plants.

10. Building or remodeling your home? Ensure only ultra-low flush (U.L.F.) toilets and faucets are installed.

In the kitchen and laundry:
11. Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking. Don’t run the tap waiting for cold water.
12. Rinse vegetables in a pan of water – not under a running tap.
13. Use your dishwasher and washing machine for full loads only.
14. Never leave the water running if you wash dishes by hand. Fill one sink with soapy water and one with clear water. If you have only one sink use a dish rack and rinse with hot water.
15. Use the smallest amount of detergent possible when washing dishes by hand. This reduces the amount of water needed.
16. Check your kitchen/bath pipes and faucets for leaks and replace worn washers immediately.
17. Use the garbage disposal less and the garbage can more often. Better yet, compost!
18. Defrost frozen foods in the microwave or refrigerator, instead of under running water.

19. Water your lawn in the early morning based upon current water restrictions when there is less evaporation.
20. Plant drought-resistant native trees and plants. There are many beautiful plants and trees that thrive on small amounts of water.
21. Don’t let your children play with the hose and sprinklers.
22. Place a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch slows evaporation of moisture and discourages weed growth.
23. Don’t water your lawn on a windy day to prevent excessive evaporation.
24. Set lawn mower blades on notch higher since longer grass means less evaporation.
25. If you have a pool, use a pool cover to cut down on evaporation.
26. Don’t water the sidewalk. Adjust sprinklers so they miss the sidewalks, driveway, and street.
27. Water only when your lawn really needs it. If the grass springs back after you step on it, there is no need to water it .
28. Check for leaks in hoses, faucets, pipes and couplings. Outside leaks can waste just as much as those inside.
29. Sweep sidewalks and driveways. Don’t hose them down.
30. Do not wash your car at home, use a carwash (they use recycled water).