District Programs and Partnerships
The District’s water conservation program is a combination of voluntary and incentive-based initiatives, regulatory work, and education. As a result of passive measures, such as efficiency improvements in water using appliances, and the implementation of action items, the amount of water used by the region’s more than 9 million residents has fallen from near 180 gallons of water per person per day in 2000, to about 128 gallons in 2020. Programs and initiatives include:
- Promoting appropriate landscaping through the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Services Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program
- Financially supporting local water conservation projects with a Cooperative Funding Program
- Supporting the Florida Water StarSM program, which is a water conservation certification program for new and existing homes and commercial developments.
- Supporting accreditation of landscape and irrigation professionals interested in water efficient design and installation of landscaping and irrigation systems through the Florida Water StarSM Program (floridawaterstar.com/professionals.html)
- Partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring to you WaterSense, a national program that offers a simple way to choose appliances and other products that use less water – and perform as well or better than your regular appliance.