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 »
There are a number of state laws that require conservation measures, including:
Natural Resources; Conservation, Reclamation and Use: Chapter 373.185 – Local Florida-Friendly Landscaping Ordinances – Water management districts shall design and implement an incentive program to encourage all local governments within its district to adopt new ordinances or amend existing ordinances to require Florida-Friendly landscaping for development permitted after the effective date of the new or amended ordinance.
Natural Resources; Conservation, Reclamation and Use:Chapter 373.227 – Statewide water conservation program.
Natural Resources; Conservation, Reclamation and Use:Chapter 373.621 – Permitting and water conservation.
State Public Lands and Properties:Chapter 255.259 – Florida-Friendly landscaping on public property.
Counties:Chapter 125.568 – Water conservation and Florida-Friendly landscaping.
South Florida Water Management District Water Shortage Plan:Chapter 40E-21, Florida Administrative Codes – Contains detailed explanations of various legal and practical provisions of the water shortage rule.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection:Rule 62-610.100, Florida Administrative Codes – Establish the encouragement and promotion of water conservation and reuse of reclaimed water as state objectives, and state that water conservation and reuse are in the public interest.
Local governments also may have ordinances promoting conservation: some restrict day-time irrigation; others require new residential and commercial construction to employ water-saving shower heads, toilets and other home appliances; and some require irrigation systems to use rain sensors to shut off systems when rain provides adequate water for landscapes.
Some water utilities or local governments offer rebates for the purchase of home appliances that are more efficient than older models, and use less water.
For more information on local ordinances, rebates and other local government incentives for conservation, check with YOUR city/town or county.
Water Reuse in South Florida Find out how other communities and utilities are conserving water with Water Reuse programs. more »