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Gross per capita water use has decreased since 1978

Since 1978, total public supply water use, which represents 54% of total water use, has increased by 135% (from 233.84 million gallons per day (mgd) to 549.26 mgd)). At the same time, total population served by public supply has increased 185% (from 1,460,900 to 4,166,048 persons). In the five-year period ending in 2015, public supply water use decreased 3% (from 565.50 mgd to 549.26 mgd), while population served by public supply increased 2% from 4,096,942 to 4,166,048 persons.

Factors such as conservation, less landscape irrigation with potable water and increases in multifamily housing occupancy can decrease the gross per capita rates. Conversely, expanded tourism and other commercial development, larger irrigated lots, and increases in single family housing can increase the gross per capita rates. Since 1978, gross per capita water use has decreased from 160 gallons per person per day to 132 gallons per person per day. Read the full report.


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Waterwise landscaping can be beautiful and saves water. Find tips and the right plants for your yard.

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Projects fulfill core missions

District implements a variety of projects to protect water resources to protect water supplies, water quality and natural systems, and provide flood protection.

Checklist for visiting district lands

Be prepared when visiting these remote, scenic and wild lands. Make sure you have insect repellent, drinking water, sunscreen and wear proper clothing.

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Know your watering days

During Eastern Standard Time, watering is allowed one day per week on designated days. Learn about districtwide watering restrictions.

District STEM careers

Many talented and dedicated district professionals work each day to preserve and protect Florida’s water resources in a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) field. Read their stories.

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Permitting News You Can Use

Regulatory newsletter and monthly tips focus on helpful information for permit holders and applicants to understand and navigate the regulatory process.

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Springs Protection Month

The Sunshine State has more than 700 springs, with 148 known springs in the St. Johns District. Learn about these fabled waters.

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Pages focus on Indian River Lagoon’s health

Stay informed on the work under way to investigate and address challenges facing the Indian River Lagoon.

Contact the District Ombudsman

The Ombudsman responds to inquiries and complaints about district operations, programs, policies, and procedures. The Ombudsman also assists the public with understanding district activities and actions.

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District news

April 26, 2017

Burn ban enacted for all district properties

The district is enacting a burn ban for all district-owned properties effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice. The burn ban is necessary due to prolonged dry conditions that are favorable to wildfire.

April 26, 2017

Portions of Emeralda Marsh remain closed for restoration projects

Portions of the district's Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area are closed to public recreation due to several restoration projects. The closure is necessary to ensure public safety.

April 25, 2017

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive celebrates second year

Just two years after the district opened the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, more than 130,000 visitors have experienced the one-way, 11-mile drive that traverses a network of wetlands, levees and canals, providing a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities.

April 24, 2017

Landscaping database saves homeowners time, money and water

An online resource is saving homeowners looking for landscaping ideas time, money and water. The district's waterwise plant database can help landscapers and do-it-yourselfers research the right plants for their yards' specific growing conditions.

April 17, 2017

Partnership projects add up to water savings

Multiple water supply projects funded through the district's competitive cost-share program are resulting in millions of gallons of water saved across the district's 18-county service area.

April 11, 2017

Board approves rules to protect Silver Springs from groundwater pumping

The district's Governing Board on Tuesday approved completing the rulemaking process to set minimum flows and levels for Silver Springs in Marion County, defining a protective limit on the amount of available water beyond which further groundwater withdrawals would be significantly harmful to Silver Springs.

April 11, 2017

Water conservation leads to decreased groundwater demand in Oakland

Water conservation measures have led to a 5 percent decrease in groundwater allocation in the city of Oakland. The city’s consumptive use permit renewal was approved April 11 by the district's Governing Board.

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