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Become a Florida Water Star
Florida Water Star is a voluntary, points-based certification program that recognizes and encourages water use efficiency in single-family homes. Homeowners, builders or developers meeting fundamental criteria for efficiently using water in residential irrigation, landscape design and indoor water-using fixtures and appliances can have their property certified. more »

Best Management Practices (BMPs)
Utilities and local governments across the country are improving their operations to achieve water conservation. Adopt innovative ideas to reduce water loss and establish best management practices. more »

Conservation Grants and Matching Programs
We work directly with communities and water utilities to provide funding for projects that conserve South Florida's freshwater resources. Find out how your utility can qualify for Alternative Water Supply or Water Reuse funding. more »

Conservation Toolbox – Resources for Conservation Messaging
This toolbox includes a variety of documents and information to help governments and utilities get the word out to residents, HOAs and businesses that conserving water is easy and can be incorporated into daily life. Take time to review this collection of materials on the benefits of water conservation, and feel free to distribute the publications as is – or incorporate the messaging into your own materials. more »

Consumptive Water Use Permitting
This type of permit allows the holder to withdraw a specified amount of water, either from the ground, a canal, a lake or a river. The water can be used for a public water supply; to irrigate crops, nursery plants or golf courses; for diversion and impoundment; dewatering; or for industrial processes. more »

EPA WaterSense
The South Florida Water Management District is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring you WaterSense. It is a national program that offers a simple way to select appliances and other products that use less water – and perform as well or better than what you may already have in your home or business. more »

Guidance for Adoption of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Ordinances
Local governments are strongly encouraged to adopt Florida-Friendly Landscaping ordinances. Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles protect water quality and some sensitive habitats while saving home and business owners time energy and money. The South Florida Water Management District and its partners have developed Florida-Friendly Landscaping model ordinances for cities and model covenants for developers and homeowner communities. District water conservation staff will assist local governments by reviewing draft ordinances for consistency in terminology and approach to help ensure contiguous standards. Florida-Friendly Landscaping Guidance Models for Ordinances, Covenants and Restrictions [PDF]

Learn more about the nine Florida-friendly Landscaping principles and general design standards. more »

Managing Florida's Water
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, together with Florida's five water management districts, manages the quality and quantity of the state's water resources. Visit the following links to learn more:

State Conservation Statutes
Learn about current Florida laws related to water conservation. more »

Water Reuse in South Florida
Find out how other communities and utilities are conserving water with Water Reuse programs. more »


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