Wildwood, Florida - Est. 1877

 
 
 
 
WATER CONSERVATION

Even though there is a tendency to use water as if our supplies are limitless, the truth is that there is a limit to this precious natural resource. 

Every drop counts – leaking taps and plumbing fixtures are pouring money down the drain! A dripping tap can waste up to 899 gallons per month, and a leaking toilet can waste up to 2061 gallons per month for a total dollar value of $124.78/year. 

Water Conservation is recognized as an important policy of the City of Wildwood. Along with the State of Florida Water Management Districts. The City of Wildwood has designated April as Water Conservation Month. Conserving water through technology and through the methods and procedures designed to promote efficient use of water is our continuing business practice and we feel our Customers have an important role in this endeavor. 

Assistance in water conservation is available by calling the Southwest Florida Water Management District at: 1-800-423-1476 or the Water Restriction Hotline at 1-800-848-0499. 

Assistance is also available through other sources. An excellent place to start is WATERWISER, an on-line resource that is the cooperative effort of the American Water Works Association, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

DAILY WATER USE AT HOME

Complete this survey to estimate how much water is used in your home in one day.

Average Use: Write the number of times that you and your family members do each activity in one day. Then multiply the number for Water Used by the Number of Times the activity is done. This will give you the number for the Gallons Used column.

Calculated Use:

Record the number of total minutes used for each activity. Then multiply the number for Water Used by the Number of Total Minutes to find the number for the Gallons Used column.  For an activity you didn’t do, place a 0 under Gallons Used. Add all the numbers under Gallons Used to find the Total Gallons Used.
AVERAGE USE

Activity

Water Used
(Nonconserving Fixtures)

Number of Times

Gallons Used

Garbage Disposal

4 gallons per minute

    

    

Dishwasher

12 gallons per load

    

    

Toilet Flushing

5 gallons per flush

    

    

Bathing

36 gallons (full tub)

    

    

Laundry

43 gallons per load

    

    

CALCULATED USE

Activity

Water Used
(Nonconserving Fixtures)

Number
of Total
Minutes

Gallons Used

Brushing Teeth

4 gallons per minute

                 

  

Washing Hands

4 gallons per minute

  

  

Washing Dishes by Hand

4 gallons per minute

  

  

Shower

5 gallons per minute

  

  

Yard Watering with Hose

9 gallons per minute

                        

  

TOTAL

GALLONS

USED:

  

Discuss with your family ways to conserve water at home. Write two of the ways on the lines provided.

Decide how you will help each other practice your new habits. Share ideas with your classmates.