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Water Conservation

Water Conservation

There is currently an increased emphasis on water conservation because of the abnormally dry conditions our area is experiencing. The St. Johns River Water Management District and JEA are encouraging everyone to use less water. There are plenty of things you can do to conserve water from taking shorter showers to watering your lawn less, here are some additional tips to help you use less:

Conservation Inside Your Home

Irrigation Tips for Conservation 

  • Plant Florida Native plants that thrive with less water. 
  • Redesign your landscape to require less watering. 
  • Know and follow mandated watering days. An estimated 30 percent of the water JEA provides our customers is used outdoors, primarily for irrigation. 35 to 50 percent of that water is wasted because of evaporation, run off, and more.
  • Water only when needed, and only for one hour between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.
  • Don’t water when it’s windy. 
  • Restrictions may apply to private wells and pumps, ground or surface water and water from public and private utilities.
  • JEA lawn irrigation experts are available to help you evaluate your home irrigation system. Schedule your appointment today by calling 665-6000. Someone must be home for the evaluation.

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To help reduce the amount of water drawn from the aquifer to water lawns, we encourage the use of reclaimed water in new developments and whenever else it might be feasible, like in area golf courses.

Interested in learning more? The St. Johns Water Management District has even more information on how you can do your part to conserve.

Know Your Watering Days*

Daylight Saving Time 

Second Sunday in March until first Sunday in November

  • Odd numbered/No address: Wednesday & Saturday
  • Even numbered address: Thursday & Sunday
  • Non-residential Property: Tuesday & Friday 

Eastern Standard Time

First Sunday in November until the second Sunday in March

  • Odd numbered/No address: Saturday
  • Even numbered address: Sunday
  • Non-residential Property: Tuesday

How Much Water Do You Consume?

We can tell if you have a water leak just by reading your water meter. Water leaks, especially in toilets, are the #1 reason customers see their consumption increase. Use this simple equation to better understand your water consumption:  

  1. Read your water meter at least 24 hours apart and record both readings. 
  2. Subtract the first amount from the second amount. 
  3. Divide by the number of days between readings for the amount used per day. 
  4. Divide daily usage by the number of persons living in your house. 
  5. The result is the amount of water used per person per day. The average JEA customer uses about 88 gallons per person. (If your meter reads in cubic feet, 1 cubic foot = 7.48 gallons). 
  6. Repeat the calculations after repairs or other water-conservation measures to see the differences in consumption. 

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*Watering days are mandated by the St. Johns River Water Management District.