In order to protect and conserve crucial groundwater resources in aquifers for residents during the remainder of the dry season, the South Florida Water Management District issued mandatory water restrictions in all of Lee County in consultation with Lee County officials. Residents are required to only irrigate once a week, and there are irrigation limitations for nurseries, golf courses, agriculture, and recreational users.
Frequent hand washing uses very little water. Residents are encouraged to continue frequent hand washing. There are no restrictions on water use to respond to COVID-19.
Overview of Irrigation Restrictions in Effect. The are several new irrigation restrictions that apply in all parts of Lee County and go into effect April 25, 2020.
Currently the City of Sanibel, and all of Lee County, is under a mandatory water restriction order from the South Florida Water Management District which requires all property owners to irrigate once a week on specific days during specific hours.
Landscape Irrigation Restrictions Details for All of Lee County Except Cape Coral
SFWMD Issued an Emergency Order
The South Florida Water Management District issued an Emergency Order to implement these restrictions. The Order contains additional information on the restrictions put in place for all users.
To learn more, visit www.SFWMD.gov/Conserve
IN THE HOME
1. Make sure your home is leak free. Check your water meter when you are certain
that no water is being used. If the meter reading changes, you have a leak.
2. Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. One drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year. Retrofit all household faucets with high-efficiency units that use 1 gallon of water per minute or less.
3. Check for toilet leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If it is leaking, colored water will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes. Flush the colored water immediately to avoid staining the bowl. Replace or adjust the toilet handle if it frequently sticks in the flush position, letting water run constantly. Install a toilet dam or displacement device, such as a filled 16-ounce plastic water bottle, to reduce the amount of water used for each flush. Be sure that it does not interfere with other parts in the tank or bowl. A free toilet conservation kit is available in the GPIWA business office. Other devices are available at hardware and home centers. Do not use a brick. Replace older toilets with low-flow models that use 1.6 gallons of water per flush or less. Older models may use up to 5 gallons of water per flush.
4. Replace your showerhead with a low flow version using 2 gallons of water per minute or less. Older showerheads may use up to 5 gallons of water per minute. Take shorter showers. When taking a shower or washing your hair, turn water on to get wet; turn it off before lathering; then turn water back on to rinse off.
5. Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only for full loads. Scrape – don’t rinse – dishes before loading.
6. Store drinking water in the refrigerator, and heat water on the stove or in a microwave. Don’t let water run from the tap to get cold or hot water.
7. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator, or use the defrost setting on your microwave. Don’t thaw food under running water.
8. Kitchen sink disposals require much more water and energy. You may want to consider a compost for kitchen food waste.
9. Install an instant hot water heater on the kitchen sink and insulate water pipes.
10. Cool your home with an air-to-air system. Newer models are more efficient and use less water than heat pumps and air-conditioning systems.
11. Turn off the faucet after wetting a toothbrush, razor or washcloth. Turn the faucet back on when you are ready to rinse.
12. Avoid unnecessary toilet flushes. Dispose of tissues, insects, medicines and other waste in the trash.
OUTSIDE WATER USE