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Water conservation

Additional tips — outdoors

Rain barrel under gutter down spout

The following are additional ways to save water and money outside your home.

  • Collect water in a rain barrel to use to water your plants. Rain water is free and is better for your plants because it doesn’t contain hard minerals. Planter beds or flower gardens and potted plants can easily be irrigated with water from a rain barrel.
  • Water hose continuously flowing
  • Pay attention to your hose. Left unattended, a garden hose can pour out 8 to 12 gallons each minute, or hundreds of gallons of water in an hour. Check all hoses, connectors and spigots regularly to make sure they are in good working order. Use hose washers between spigots and water hoses to eliminate leaks. Replace or repair damaged or leaking hoses, nozzles, spigots and connectors.
  • Use a broom to clean leaves and other debris from sidewalks and driveways rather than a hose. Using a hose to clean a driveway can waste hundreds of gallons of water.
  • Outfit your hose with a spray nozzle that can be adjusted so water flows only as needed. When finished, turn it off at the faucet instead of at the nozzle to avoid leaks.
  • Hose-end spray nozzle used for car washing to save water
  • Wash your car efficiently. Consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water. If you wash your own car, park on the grass and use a hose with a spray nozzle.
  • If you install ornamental water features, such as fountains, make sure they are designed to recycle water.
  • If you have a swimming pool, consider a new water-saving pool filter. Cover your spa or pool to reduce evaporation.
  • Use a free app to tell you how long to run your irrigation system based on local conditions. Learn more on the University of Florida IFAS website.


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