DATE: November 19, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Asif Ali, Broward County
Natural Resources Planning and Management
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - It’s the holiday season, which means lots of family gatherings, entertaining and, quite possibly, some overnight visitors. It also means lots of dirty dishes, tons of extra laundry and more people in your home using your showers, toilets and sinks, wasting water and energy. Fortunately, you can still enjoy the holiday season without breaking the bank or your water bill.
The Broward Water Partnership, which includes Broward County and 19 local governments and water utilities, has made it easy for you to conserve water this holiday season with some simple-to-follow tips:
• Don’t run the tap when washing dishes. Plugging the drain, filling the sink with soapy water, and scrubbing and rinsing can reduce how much water you use cleaning all those holiday pots, pans and dishes.
• Most dishwashers will clean your plates just fine if you just scrape off food scraps and put them right in the dishwasher. So, no rinsing beforehand is necessary.
• To reduce the number of loads of dishes you have to do, make sure that your dishwasher is fully loaded every time you run it.
• Only wash and dry full loads of laundry every time, and use cold water whenever possible, to help with your energy bills.
• Encourage your guests to take shorter showers and to turn off the water when brushing their teeth. Let them know that you are trying to conserve water this holiday season and they will probably be happy to oblige.
If you are looking for some great gift ideas to share the joys of water conservation with others, water-efficient appliances can make great gifts. Low-flow faucet aerators are small and reasonably priced, and make great stocking stuffers. Water-efficient showerheads make great gifts too.
If you want to give yourself the gift of water conservation, the Broward Water Partnership can help you there, too. The Partnership set a goal to save 30 million gallons of water per day by providing rebates and other free incentives to qualifying residents. So, how can you receive your gift?
If your home was built before 1994 you likely have older model toilets that are huge water-wasters, accounting for up to 35 percent of your average household’s water consumption. Replace those toilets with new, water-saving models and you could receive a rebate of up to $100 for each old toilet you replace (preapproval required). The immediate savings are impressive, but the long-term benefits are infinite.
In addition to the toilet rebates, several communities provide free, water-efficient showerheads and low-flow aerators to qualifying homeowners and pre-rinse spray valves to qualifying business owners.
To find out if you qualify for any of these programs, or to find other tips on how to save, visit ConservationPay$.com or call 1-800-270-9794.