Wildwood, Florida - Est. 1877


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.


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.


Water Used
(Nonconserving Fixtures)

Number of Times

Gallons Used

Garbage Disposal

4 gallons per minute




12 gallons per load



Toilet Flushing

5 gallons per flush




36 gallons (full tub)




43 gallons per load





Water Used
(Nonconserving Fixtures)

of Total

Gallons Used

Brushing Teeth

4 gallons per minute



Washing Hands

4 gallons per minute



Washing Dishes by Hand

4 gallons per minute




5 gallons per minute



Yard Watering with Hose

9 gallons per minute







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.