The City of North Miami is committed to helping residents conserve water. Using water wisely helps conserve our wetlands and helps reduce water bills. To get started, here are some water conservation tips:
- Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket. Each flush wastes water.
- Check toilets and faucets for leaks and fix any problems.
- Run your dishwasher only when it's full.
- Wash only full loads of laundry or use the proper water level setting for your load size.
- Don't leave the water running when brushing your teeth or shaving. With the tap running at full force, shaving takes 20 gallons of water, teeth-brushing takes 10.
- Take shorter showers or use less water in your bath. A full bathtub requires about 36 gallons of water. A five-minute shower using a water-conserving showerhead will use just 15 to 25 gallons.
- Consider installing water-efficient toilets, faucets and showerheads as a water-saving investment. Look into the shower head exchange program.
- Improve your soil by working organic materials, such as peat moss or compost, into the soil to help retain water. Consider aerating your yard to help it retain water.
- To reduce evaporation, water your lawn and gardens in the early morning or evening.
- Never water the sidewalk, driveway or street. Make sure the sprinkler aim is limited to the lawn or garden.
- Apply mulch around plants and trees to retain moisture and inhibit weed growth.
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
For more information on water use and conservation, visit the websites of the Florida Water Management District and Miami-Dade County.