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From taking shorter showers to watering your lawn less frequently, there are numerous things you can do to conserve water. Here are some tips to help you use less:
Conservation Inside Your Home
- Fix all leaks, especially toilet leaks.
- Use efficient shower heads and low-flow toilets.
- Run only full loads in the washer and dishwasher.
- Take shorter showers.
- Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
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. An estimated 35 to 50 percent of that water is wasted because of evaporation, runoff and more.
- Water only when needed, and only up to twice per week during your assigned days, preferably between 8 p.m. and 4 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 (904) 665-6000. Someone must be home for the evaluation.
To help reduce the amount of water drawn from the aquifer to water lawns, we encourage the use of reclaimed water in new housing developments and wherever else it might be feasible, such as at 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:
- Read your water meter at least 24 hours apart and record both readings.
- Subtract the first amount from the second amount.
- Divide by the number of days between readings for the amount used per day.
- Divide daily usage by the number of persons living in your house.
- 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).
- Repeat the calculations after repairs or other water-conservation measures to see the differences in consumption.
*Watering days are mandated by the St. Johns River Water Management District.