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The Water Cycle »
Water is restless; it likes to move. Gravity makes it flow downhill, off your roof, into creeks, down rivers and even over giant waterfalls. Some water sinks into the ground, but most of it ends up filling the oceans, which cover over two-thirds of the planet. The water cycle doesn’t end in the oceans though. Water at the sea’s surface is able to defy gravity and climb back up into the sky. How? Because water isn’t always a liquid.… Read more
Reclaimed Water »
Reclaimed water is highly treated wastewater and can be used for irrigation and other uses to extend our water supplies. Our Role The District works with local utilities and water users to maximize the beneficial use of reclaimed water as an alternative water supply. The use of reclaimed water helps meet current and future water supply needs in the region and is a vital component of the District’s… Read more
The Hidden Water »
Do you know where your drinking water comes from? You might have poured it from a tap or bought it at the store, but it had to come from somewhere before that. Any guesses? The ocean? That would be a good guess because the oceans contain most of earth’s water, about 97%! But would you drink a glass of seawater? No! The salt would make you sick. We need fresh water. Not just any fresh water though. Did you know most of the world’… Read more
Water Quality »
Your Questions Answered June 2020 We're often asked about the water resources in our area and what we do to manage and improve their water quality. Southwest Florida Water Management District Chief Water Quality Scientist Chris Anastasiou explains what water quality really means and the District’s role in managing the region’s water quality. Q: What is water quality? A: Water quality is a broad term… Read more
Water Rates »
Water utilities can reduce per capita water use and maintain revenues by using water-conserving rate structures. Your water management district can provide information and tools to help utilities accomplish these goals. Why Use Rates to Conserve? In many areas of Florida, water supplies are stressed as growth fuels new demand for water. To ensure a sustainable water supply, utilities are tapping alternative sources including conservation. The pricing of water is one… Read more
Water CHAMP »
The Water Conservation Hotel and Motel Program, or Water CHAMPSM, is a free towel and linen reuse program that encourages hotel and motel guests to use their towels and linens more than once during their stay. Tourists flock to Florida to enjoy the sandy beaches, scenic lakes and meandering rivers. Water CHAMP lodging facilities protect Florida's water resources by conserving water and reducing pollutants entering the environment. You can help keep… Read more
District Maps - Water Restrictions »
Learn about current District water restrictions, or view local government water restrictions contact information.
Florida’s Water Management Districts »
The districts administer flood protection programs and perform technical investigations into water resources. They also develop water management plans for water shortages in times of drought, and acquire and manage lands for water management purposes. Delegated regulatory programs include management of the consumptive use of water, aquifer recharge, well construction and surface water management.  
District Water Control Structures »
The Southwest Florida Water Management District maintains and operates 85 water control structures throughout the District’s 16-county region. These structures help provide flood protection, manage lake water levels and prevent salt water from flowing up freshwater streams and creeks.  
Water Quality Monitoring »
Introduction You can’t tell much about the quality of water simply by looking at it; most pollutants are invisible to our eyes. And since water is such a vast network (made up of rivers, springs, creeks, swamps, estuaries, wetlands, lakes, bays, etc.), water quality can be difficult to test. Explore the links above to find out more about the history of water testing, pollution, the different tools used to test water, and how you can get involved and even test the… Read more
Florida Water Star℠ »
Certifying excellence in water conservation, saving resources and protecting the environment The Florida Water Starsm program is a voluntary certification program for new residential and commercial construction and existing home renovation. The program encourages water efficiency in appliances, plumbing fixtures, irrigation systems and landscapes, as well as water quality benefits from best management practices in landscapes. An average Florida Water Star … Read more
Saving Water Indoors and Out »
Saving Water Indoors By taking just a few simple steps, you can reduce your water use indoors. If we don’t conserve, we’re pouring water — and money — down the drain. It is estimated that each person in our region uses an average of 111 gallons of water each day. You can reduce your water use by taking just a few simple steps. So stop the leaks, slow the flow and use water wisely! Click on the following topics to learn more. Read more
Water Quality Data »
Water Quality Data Water quality data are categorized under two major resource types — groundwater and surface water. Groundwater Quality Data provide information on existing groundwater quality conditions and water quality trends within the District’s groundwater resources, including springs. They also improve the District’s understanding of groundwater quality concerns, support development of watershed management priorities and plans,… Read more
2. Water Efficiently »
Many homes use about half of their water outside! That’s a lot of good water going to the grass. Here are some ways you can avoid wasting water in your yard: Wait until wilt Don’t water your grass or plants if they don’t need it. Too much water can wash away plant food and make it easier for pests to attack. A lawn doesn’t need to be watered much in the winter when it’s cool, or during the summer when it rains a lot. Don’t water in the rain (singing is OK) If… Read more
Florida Water Star »
Your Questions Answered  February 2021 Nearly one thousand people move to Florida every day. That population growth puts significant demand on the region’s water supply. To help meet these water supply needs, local governments, water managers, builders and developers are working cooperatively through the Florida Water Star℠ (FWS) program. Southwest Florida Water Management District Lead Communications Coordinator Robin Grantham has details about… Read more
About Water Quality »
About Water Quality Both the United States government and Florida have adopted water quality goals and standards. Each water body has its own standards. For example, water used for drinking has to be much cleaner than water used for crop irrigation or to cool machinery in a factory. Scientists use information from water monitoring to determine how a water body rates based on its intended use. If scientists rate water quality as GOOD, then the water can fully support… Read more
District Water Restrictions »
Year-Round Water Conservation Measures Always refer to your "city or county" regulations first. Effective Date and Areas
  • The District’s year-round water conservation measures are in effect except where stricter measures have been imposed by local governments.
  • The year-round water conservation measures shown below… Read more
Water Loss Reduction Program »
This ongoing conservation service provides assistance to public water utilities in an effort to increase system efficiency and reduce system losses.  It includes the following services:
  • Water Audits
  • Leak Detection Surveys
  • Meter Accuracy Testing 
Water Audits Water audits are periodic, quantitative assessments of water consumption, losses and leakage in public water supply distribution systems… Read more
Stormwater Discharges to Impaired Waters »
The District and the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) recently issued a joint response to concerns expressed by regulated interests regarding implementation of these permitting criteria. This response is summarized below:
  • The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District), following the direction of the Department of Environmental Protection (Department), has informed permit applicants that stormwater discharges contributing to… Read more
Watch the Weather, Wait to Water »
Your Questions Answered June 2019 The rainy season is upon us and it’s a great time to conserve potable water by watering your lawn less. The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Senior Conservation Education Coordinator Katherine Munson explains why homeowners should, “Watch the Weather, Wait to Water.” Q: Why are the summer months the best time for outdoor water conservation? A: During the summer months of June… Read more