Florida Water Star Community Holds Celebration

A Ruskin community recently celebrated the grand opening of a new clubhouse and playground, but its Florida Water Star℠ (FWS) homes are another reason leaders are celebrating. 

Bayou Pass Village 4 recently held a dedication of its newest facilities. The community is the product of the Florida Home Partnership, a nonprofit organization that strives to create affordable housing for low income families.

Michelle accepting award

Bayou Pass homes achieve FWS certification. FWS is a District program that requires homes to meet specific requirements related to water conservation like water-efficient showerheads, toilets and landscaping.

Florida Home Partnership took this one step further by not installing irrigation systems. The partnership is a member of an elite group of builders that provide homes that are affordable and help sustain finite water and energy resources.

At the dedication ceremony, District Governing Board member Michelle Williamson applauded the builder’s effort to not only protect water resources but save residents money.

“Water is a precious, limited resource,” she said. “And our challenge is to find new ways to be more efficient to ensure a long-term water supply. Achieving Florida Water Star℠ is commendable on its own, but you are also providing residents with lower utility bills today and in the future.”

Williamson noted that lower bills mean families can direct their money for essentials like healthy food and continuing education.

Florida Home Partnership has been building FWS homes for nearly 10 years. Click here to learn more about the Florida Water Star℠ program.