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Free Water Saving Devices: To have a free water saving shower head and/or toilet flapper delivered to your residence, please contact Stephanie Monica at smonica@winterspringsfl.org or 407-327-6584. These devices can reduce the water used for showering and at the sink by 50% while still providing excellent pressure.

How can a rain sensor benefit you in a typical Florida summer?

rainsensor.jpgPursuant to Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)40C-2.042(5), a rain sensor device is required on all sprinkler systems installed after May 1, 1991. Aside from being a requirement, a rain sensor is a smart and easy way to conserve water and save money, especially during a typical Florida summer. Central Florida receives an average annual rainfall of approximately 55 inches, with the majority occurring from June to September. A rain sensor will automatically shut off sprinkler systems during and after rain showers. They allow the irrigation system to return to its normal schedule of watering once the sensor dries out. Rain sensor prices vary, but popular models can be purchased for around $20 at a home improvement store or your local irrigation supply store. If you would like more information on rain sensors please contact Stephanie Monica, Water Conservation Coordinator, at 407-327-6584, smonica@winterspringsfl.org

FREE Water Audit

The City of Winter Springs would like to help you reduce your water usage and lower your water bill by offering a free water audit. Request an audit by emailing or calling the City of Winter Springs Water Conservation Coordinator, Stephanie Monica at smonica@winterspringsfl.org, 407-327-6584.

Why is water conservation necessary?

cypress.jpgWater conservation is a well discussed topic among government agencies today as well as among citizens. Water conservation is an especially relevant topic in Florida. Perhaps you would not expect a state that is surrounded by water and filled with rivers, lakes, and marshes to have a problem with water shortage. Florida is the 4th most populated state in the U.S., but only the 26th largest. More groundwater is used in Florida than in any other state east of the Mississippi. If you take into consideration our large and ever growing population, providing a constant source of fresh drinking water can become an issue. Florida is unique in that our largest and most inexpensive source of drinking water comes from the Floridan aquifer. This aquifer was formed when sea levels were higher and Florida was covered by the ocean. The calcareous shells of dead organisms formed a vast layer of limestone that now lies beneath all of Florida. The limestone is full of large caves and holes filled with clear, cool freshwater. This underground supply of water is not infinite. The State of Florida has put restrictions on the amount of groundwater that will be able to be withdrawn by public utilities. If enough groundwater is not available to meet public demand other sources of drinking water such rivers and lakes and/or desalination will have to be utilized. Although these other options for drinking water are available, they are much more costly than using groundwater because of the cost to process and deliver water from these sources. Our most economical option would be to conserve what we have. Some may think conserving water is inconvenient, expensive, or will ruin their lawn. The City of Winter Springs would like to show you that you can conserve water, save money, help the environment, and still have a fabulous lawn! For more information on water conservation, please contact the City of Winter Springs Water Conservation Coordinator, Stephanie Monica at 407-327-6584 or smonica@winterspringsfl.org.

Proper Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste

Proper disposal of household hazardous waste is critical. Household hazardous waste includes chemicals such as paint, paint thinner, used motor oil, transmission fluid, and gasoline. Hazardous waste also includes fluorescent light bulbs, computer monitors, televisions, batteries, and cell phones. These materials should not go to the landfill or be dumped outdoors. Mercury, lead, and other harmful chemicals are a component of electronic waste such as televisions. These types of waste can leach harmful contaminants into our ground and surface water, thereby contaminating the water we drink and harming aquatic wildlife. Please take advantage of the free disposal program at the Seminole County Central Transfer Station. Please click here for additional information on the Seminole County Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Scrap Collection Program.

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