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Rainfall cycles vary, but even during rainy periods only a very small amount of rain goes to replenish our underground water supplies. Dry periods, combined with a higher demand for water, can put a strain on our water supplies.
The average adult needs only 2.5 quarts of water a day to maintain health, but each person in Florida uses 120 to 150 gallons of water per day. That's why it's important to use water wisely, at home, work or at school. By conserving water today, we can do our part to keep water pure and plentiful for future generations.
It is possible that groundwater alone will not be able to meet future water supply demands. Alternative water sources need to be studied and developed. You can ensure there is a viable future water supply by conserving today. Conservation is the most efficient and effective use of this valuable resource.
The St. Johns Water Management District is promoting Florida Water Star Opens a New Window. . The program encourages water efficiency in household appliances, plumbing fixtures, irrigation systems and landscapes. These promote the economic and environmental benefits of efficiency in new home construction.
To do this, the program currently offers resources and incentives to builders and home buyers who value water efficiency in new home construction. The program may later be expanded to include ways to update or retrofit older homes.