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ECO FaqProtecting & Saving Our Water Resources

The Melbourne water system has one of the lowest per capita consumption of any major water utility in Florida. Despite the continued growth in customers over the last 10 years, the Utility has maintained its per capita consumption at less than 100 gallons per day/capita (gpdc). This can be readily attributed to Melbourne’s continuing commitment to water conservation initiatives.

Significant efforts in this regard include those listed below:

  • An aggressive capital improvement program for continually improving the water and wastewater treatment systems
  • A large reclaimed water program that seeks to displace potable water irrigation
  • A process water recycling procedure at the surface water treatment plant
  • A high recovery operation at the reverse osmosis water treatment plant
  • A commitment to individually metered water services
  • A strong cross-connection control program
  • An aggressive water distribution system leak detection and repair program
  • A nationally recognized industrial pretreatment program supported by a full-time pre-treatment coordinator
  • A nationally recognized water conservation program supported by full-time staff
  • A strong commitment to customer education and retrofit programs


Water Conservation Program

Customer Education Goal: To supply Melbourne Water Customers with the information they need to make wise water-use decisions.

Student Education Goal: To educate future customers, taxpayers and decision makers about conserving water and protecting our water resources, guiding their actions for years to come.

Teacher Education Goal: To reach a larger number of students on a more in-depth and effective level utilizing the skills and enthusiasm of local teachers.

Employee and Local Business Education Goal: To work with employees of the City of Melbourne and the employees of local businesses to promote water conservation.

Alliances and Partnership Goal: To form and cultivate alliances with other City of Melbourne departments and other municipal, state, federal and private institutions for joint projects and sources of funding.

Media and Public Information Goal: To utilize all forms of media to disseminate our water conservation message.

Irrigation Goal: To increase the area’s native plantings and reduce the potable water irrigation demand on the City’s water system.

Ordinances Goal: To update existing ordinances and enact new ordinances that aid in conserving our water resources.

Water Conservation Resources

Florida Friendly Landscape
Irrigation Rules
Water Conservation (FL Dept. of Environmental Protection)
H2OUSE Water Saver Home


Water Conservation Program Awards

2015 Keep Brevard Beautiful Trash Bash – Most Trash Collected

2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 Keep Brevard Beautiful Trash Bash
Best Performance, Population Category A

2011 Florida Section/American Water Works Association Water Conservation Awards for Excellence - Saving Water at Home Brochure and A Summer Blitz on Environmental Awareness and Conservation

2009 Florida Section/American Water Works Association
Show of Excellence, EnviroWheel; Meritorious,
“Today’s Lesson – How to Conserve and Ways to Protect” school program

2009 Florida Government Communicators Association FGCA)
Crystal Awards Show of Excellence, “Solutions to Stormwater Pollution – We Can All Make a Difference” brochure; Judges Award, “Solutions to Stormwater Pollution – We Can All Make a Difference” brochure

2007 Florida Section/American Water Works Association
Best In Class, “Bringin’ in the Green the Florida Friendly Way!” video
Brevard Water Resources Conservation Team

2004 Florida Section American Water Works Association
Meritorious, Water Conservation Placemats
Best in Class, “Conserving Water on the Space Coast” video
Brevard Water Resources Conservation Team

2003 Florida Section/American Water Works Association
Meritorious - Water Conservation Posters, Showerhead Exchange Program, Florida Friendly Landscape Seminar
Brevard Water Resources Conservation Team

2001 FGCA Crystal Award - “Utilities Connection” newsletter

2000 St. Johns River Water Management District
Water Resource Partnership Award - Water Supply – Conservation

2000 Florida Section/American Water Works Association
First Place Awards - “Water for Life” video, First Place Award - Toilet Retrofit Rebate Program; Third Place - “Water for Life” newspaper insert

1999 FGCA Silver Award - “Reclaimed Water…A Valuable Community Resource” brochure; Gold Award - “Water for Life” newspaper insert

1998 FGCA Silver Award - “Conservation Conversation” newsletter

1997 FGCA Gold Award - “Water…Caring for Our Precious Resource” brochure

 

For more information regarding water resources:

Contact the Environmental Community Outreach Manager at (321) 608-5080.