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Water Conservation Tips

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The Broward Water Partnership can help you conserve water by offering rebates and other incentives for replacing older toilets, showerheads and faucet aerators that are not eco-friendly. For more information on rebates, visit

Watering Restrictions in Broward County

A permanent twice-a-week landscape watering schedule is in place throughout Broward County, in an effort to conserve and protect local water resources. Even-numbered addresses are permitted to water on Thursday and/or Sunday and odd-numbered addresses can water on Wednesday and/or Saturday.
During the year, depending upon dry conditions, the South Florida Water Management District may implement stricter guidelines.  Visit to view the current water restrictions in place.

To promote and encourage residential participation and education on the environment and water conservation, please find links below to numerous local organizations dedicated to environment preservation and assisting Broward residents in creating Florida-friendly landscapes.

Water Use (sfwmd button logo)   Water Meter Replacement
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City Landscaping Installations

With a strong focus on water conservation, over 60% of new plant materials installed were native plants and 20% true xeriscape materials, all requiring substantially less water than non-native plants. The conservation of water saves money and assists the environment.

City Landscape Irrigation

Does the City utilize conservation practices when installing landscaping?

With a strong focus on water conservation, over 60% of new plant materials installed were native plants and 20% true xeriscape materials, all requiring substantially less water than non-native plants. The conservation of water saves money and assists the environment.

Why do I see areas of city property being watered during the day?

The City uses water from its canals and lakes for irrigation, not potable water. If we do water, the City can only run each irrigation zone twice per week, either Wednesday and Saturday or Thursday and Sunday between the hours of 12 a.m. and 10 a.m. In City rights of way alone the city has 109 clocks with an average of 20 zones each for a total of 2,075 zones turning on only one time during a two day cycle. Efforts are made to water the front side of berms and anything affecting roadways and sidewalks up until 7 a.m. and to water the backsides of berms and areas that do not affect roadways or sidewalks between 7 a.m.  and 10 a.m. 

- Rain Sensors: Along with consciously turning off all the clocks if we feel it is going to rain, we have 88 rain sensors on our clocks which are checked monthly to ensure they are in working order. These rain sensors automatically shut down the clocks if they detect more than a ¼ inch of rain in a three day period; this safeguard is for those rainy nights when nobody was expecting rain.

- Maintenance Checks: The city is allowed to run each zone for 10 minutes per week in order to do maintenance checks. This is the major cause of phone calls because these checks can be done anytime during normal working hours, usually between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

- New plant materials can be watered every day except Friday for the first 30 days and on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday for new plants in the ground 31 to 60 days. If more than 50% of an irrigation zone is new material, it can be watered during the day except Friday, from 12 a.m. until 10 a.m. 


Ever wonder how much water you use for daily activities?
  • Toilet flush = 5 gallons
  • Dishwasher = 12 gallons per load
  • Washing machine = 47 gallons per load
  • Bath = 36 gallons per tub
  • Brushing teeth, showering or washing hands = 4 gallons per minute
  • Yard hose = 9 gallons per minute
  • Pool covers = 60-70% less evaporation
  • Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.

  • For hanging baskets, planters and pots, place ice cubes under the moss or dirt to give your plants a cool drink of water and help eliminate water overflow.

  • Use porous materials for walkways and patios to keep water in your yard and prevent wasteful run-off.

  • Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could save up to 1,000 gallons of water per month.

  • When you give your pet fresh water, don't throw the old water down the drain, use it to water your trees or shrubs.

Leaks -- from toilets or faucets -- can result in increases in your water bill, damage to your home, as well as thousands of wasted gallons of water! A single leaky faucet can waste 100 gallons in a day!

Faucets typically leak because of old gaskets, washers or O-rings and corroded valve seats. Today, most faucets can be categorized as being "washerless" (port-type faucets), or compression (washer). Note: A washerless faucet does not mean it will never leak! Rather the parts will last longer since their design minimizes friction and wear.

Links To Conservation Information:

South Florida Water Management District

Turf and Landscape BMP Manual (PDF)
» South Florida Water Management District working with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ~

Water Conservation
» South Florida Water Management District ~

How to help the Everglades
» South Florida Water Management District ~

Broward County

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The Impact of Fertilizer

Know the Flow

Water Matters