What’s easier, turning off water indoors or outside?

residential wateringApparently, it’s more convenient for Florida residents to save water while brushing their teeth than to cut back on lawn irrigation, according to a new report from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension report. 932 people deemed to be high-water users in Orlando, Tampa/Sarasota, and Miami/Fort Lauderdale were surveyed. Respondents were asked how often they engage in water-related behaviors.

Among the results, 68 percent saved water when brushing their teeth, but only 29 percent reduced irrigating their lawns in the summer. To put this into context, about 50 percent of Floridians’ daily water use is for outdoor purposes, such as landscape irrigation, according to the South Florida Water Management District. The 50 percent figure is 20 percent more than the national average, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Homeowners can do a lot to become more environmentally friendly, including:

  • Learn more about their irrigation system to ensure it is working properly
  • Manage the amount of fertilizer they use to ensure it is applied appropriately
  • Make sure their outdoor systems don’t leak
  • Install moisture sensors
  • Get more engaged, and be part of the decision-making process