April is “Water Conservation Month” in the City of Melbourne
The Melbourne City Council has proclaimed April 2017 to be “Water Conservation Month” in an effort to encourage all citizens to find ways to help protect our precious resources by practicing water conservation measures and becoming more aware of the need to conserve water.
“Our quality of life and the economy depend upon a reliable, clean, and available supply of water and a healthy environment,” said Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan. “Every business, industry, school and citizen can make a difference by saving water and promoting a healthy economy and community.”
During the month of April, the City of Melbourne will be publishing water conservation tips on its Facebook and Twitter pages as a way to remind everyone of the simple steps they can take to conserve water. For example:
- Turn off the water as you brush your teeth, wash your face or shave. Faucets left in the open running position waste from several hundred to several thousand gallons of water per day.
- Find and fix leaks. A leaky faucet or toilet can waste thousands of gallons of water each month.
- Install low-flow toilets and showerheads. Rebates are available from the City of Melbourne for installing low-flow toilets.
- Irrigate grass and outdoor plants only when they need it, properly maintain your irrigation system, and choose plants that require minimal water. Follow seasonal watering restrictions.
- Install a rain barrel to capture and store rain water that flows off your rooftop. Harvested rainwater can be used to water your lawn and landscaped areas, fill ponds or fountains, and wash cars. The City of Melbourne offers $50 rebates to Melbourne residents who install rain barrels.
For more information or advice on how to save water, please contact the City of Melbourne’s ECO Division: (321) 608-5080.