Water. It’s something we all need to live. We use it every day for drinking, cooking, bathing, brushing our teeth, flushing the toilet, watering our lawns, and the list goes on. But how many of us really stop and think about the water we use?
As part of my job with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, commonly referred to as Swiftmud, I spend a lot of time learning about local water resources issues and looking for new ways to help residents conserve this precious, limited resource. So, when Patch.com asked me to write a monthly water conservation blog, I was really excited about the possibilities.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the District, we’re one of five water management districts in the state of Florida. The goal of the District is to meet the water needs of current and future water users while protecting and preserving the water resources within our boundaries. Our core mission started with flood protection and has expanded to include managing the water supply, protecting water quality and preserving natural systems.
My goal through this new blog is to provide you with some useful tips that will help you save water and money on your monthly utility bill. And you’ll have the added bonus of knowing that you’re doing something to help protect the environment, because every drop really does count. I’ll also be providing you with local rainfall totals from the previous month at the bottom of each blog.
Next month I’ll kick things off with some easy holiday water conservation tips that you can use in the kitchen when preparing your Thanksgiving meal or Christmas dinner. Until then, remember that Florida’s water is our water and it’s worth saving.
For more information on all things water, visit the District’s website at WaterMatters.org.
Rainfall in Hillsborough County for the month of September was 6.27 inches. Average rainfall for September is usually around 6.97 inches. That’s just slightly below normal; however some areas of the county, such as Temple Terrace, experienced above-normal rainfall.