Make a New Year's Resolution to Support Our Environment

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District suggests easy and fun resolution ideas that help promote water resources

Are you looking for ideas for a New Year's resolution? The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) has some suggestions for 2018 resolutions that will promote healthy water resources.

This year, make a resolution to help promote water conservation and only water your lawn every other week in January and February. According to research by the University of Florida, grass doesn't need to be watered as often during the cooler months. One-half to three-quarters of an inch of water every 10–14 days is sufficient. In fact, if your lawn has received any significant rainfall, then you can turn off your irrigation system and operate it manually as needed. Watering only every other week at most during the winter will help conserve drinking water supplies that the public needs for critical uses during the dry season. To learn the signs of when your grass needs watering, visit

Support water conservation by going online and pledging to conserve water around your home. Family members can pledge to:

  • Reduce daily showers by two minutes and save up to 240 gallons per month.
  • Fix dripping faucets and save around 1,650 gallons per month.
  • Replace showerheads with low-flow models and save about 480 gallons per month.
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth and shaving, and save up to 225 gallons per month.
  • Check the home's irrigation system for leaks and potentially save up to 6,300 gallons of water per month.
  • Run the clothes washer and dishwasher only when full and save up to 175 gallons per month.
  • Use a hose with a shutoff nozzle when washing the car and save around 40 gallons per wash.

To take the pledge, visit