Find Ways to Save Water Outdoors

We continue recognizing Water Conservation Month with more ways to save water and money.

There are many simple steps you can take to save water outdoors. Typically, outdoor water use accounts for about 50 percent of water consumed by households. 

Eliminate Leaks

seek the leak outdoors

Did you know that even a small leak can waste 300 or more gallons of water per month? Check for the following leaks outdoors:

  • Water faucets, hoses and connectors
  • Automatic lawn and sprinkler systems
  • Swimming pool
  • Service connecting line



Know and follow local watering restrictions, but don’t water just because it’s your day. Irrigate your lawn only when it shows signs of stress from lack of water. To determine how long you should run your sprinkler, learn how to take the catch-can test to determine how long it will take to apply the needed amount.




Cut your grass at the highest recommended height for your turf species or the highest setting on your lawn mower. Keep mower blades sharp. Dull blades tear grass, open it to disease and cause it to appear tan and ragged.

Finally, follow the nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™. 

Find more tips, on our Saving Water Outdoors page.