Fort Lauderdale demonstrates its commitment to conserving water by participating in multiple water conservation events such as the EPA’s Fix a Leak Week, Broward’s Water Matters Day, and Water Conservation Month. These events help reinforce to the members of the community the importance of saving water by offering suggestions for changing daily water-use routines, introducing landscape best management practices, and providing tips for making homes and appliances more efficient.
These events are usually fun for the whole family with special areas and lessons for gardeners, children, activists and home owners. Many of the events feature give-aways of such useful items as faucet aerators, leak detection tablets, educational information and even free trees.
Check the links below or our calendar for upcoming event information.
Water Conservation Month
In 1998 the first proclamation was signed designating April as Water Conservation Month, which is widely recognized by numerous Florida cities and counties. The City of Fort Lauderdale participates in this tradition each year.
While conserving water should be a year-round practice, it is particularly important during April because it is the last month of Florida’s dry season. There has historically been a higher demand for water during April. This may be because as temperatures rise, people are watering landscapes more, and filling swimming pools and showering longer.
The City of Fort Lauderdale invites its neighbors, business owners, and visitors to elevate their conservation efforts every April by challenging themselves to implement additional water saving measures.
Fix a Leak Week
More than one trillion gallons of water are wasted in U.S. homes each year from easy-to-fix leaks. Fort Lauderdale recognizes the need to remind our neighbors to check for household leaks and actively participates in the annual Fix a Leak Week sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program.
Every year, during the third week of March, Fort Lauderdale encourages its neighbors to sign the “I’m for Water” pledge to commit to checking their household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. In the average home, household leaks waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year. That’s the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry! By locating and repairing leaks, you are improving the efficiency of your home which saves water and saves you money in utility bills!
- Take a peek at the Fix a Leak Week factsheet!
- Or, view the EPA’s webpage on fixing leaks around the home.
Water Matters Day
We all have an effect on our water quality and supply and thus have a role to play as water managers. Fort Lauderdale recognizes this and encourages neighbors to participate in the annual Water Matters day hosted by Broward County. Water Matters is an educational program, held each year in mid-March, that helps homeowners, policymakers, local businesses, and property managers understand their role in water management and conservation. The program includes projects and initiatives designed to promote water resource protection. Much of the program’s focus is on areas that are frequently overlooked but where individuals can have major influence, such as yard maintenance and watering, surface water pollution and drainage. For more information, visit the Water Matters website or call Broward County's Natural Resources Planning & Management Division, at (954) 519-0328. Or, get event information for the next Water Matters Day.