LIVE OAK, FLA., APR. 7, 2022 – Water conservation is one of the core tenets of the Suwannee River Water Management District’s (District) mission to ensure the sustainability of Florida’s water supplies. Due to that, the District’s Governing Board has approved a proclamation that designates April as Water Conservation Month.
This is the 24th year of the designation, which provides an opportunity to increase public awareness about the importance of water conservation and highlights the District’s year-round water conservation measures. The hope is it will help encourage Florida residents to develop life-long conservation habits that will, in turn, help preserve and protect local and state water resources now and in the future.
“More than 90 percent of the District relies on the Floridan aquifer for drinking water,” said Hugh Thomas, Executive Director of the District. “It is critical that we protect this important resource by implementing water conservation techniques, and residents can do their part by simply reducing the amount of water they use each day.”
The District is doing its part by implementing projects focused on reducing water use to ensure a sustainable supply of water for people and the environment. In 2021, the District awarded grants for 18 projects, totaling $10 million, to support water supply development and conservation.
The District also implements water conservation awareness through educational programs and outreach materials to bring attention to the importance of reducing water use.
Throughout April, the District will be sharing tips on social media about how to easily conserve water. These strategies are easy for residents and business owners to adopt and use throughout their daily routines.
- Some tips on reducing water use include:
- Taking a shower that is less than five minutes long.
- Turning off the faucet when it is not being used.
- Washing larger loads of laundry at one time.
- Using a dishwasher instead of the sink to wash dishes.
To find more tips about how to conserve water, visit www.MySuwanneeRiver.com/ConservationCommunities.
The mission of the Suwannee River Water Management District is to protect and manage water resources using science-based solutions to support natural systems and the needs of the public. The District holds true to the belief of water for nature, water for people. Headquartered in Live Oak, Florida, the District serves 15 surrounding north-central Florida counties.
For more information about the District, visit www.MySuwanneeRiver.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, search @SRWMD.