Conservation

Watering restrictions

Know Your Watering Days

The water days have changed. Watering should be done before 10am and after 4pm on your assigned day.

Residential Even Addresses- Thursday and Sunday

Residential Odd or No Addresses- Wednesday and Saturday

Business Addresses- Tuesday and Friday

High-efficiency washers
The average American family washes almost 400 loads of laundry each year. Families can cut their energy costs by more than one third  and the water costs by more than half — just by purchasing a new high efficiency clothes washer. Over the life of your new qualified washer, you’ll save enough money in operating costs to pay for the matching dryer. Volusia County is offering up to a $100 credit to their customers' water bill if they purchase a qualifying washer. Rebates available for Volusia County Utility customers.

High-efficiency dishwashers
If you wash dishes by hand or use an old dishwasher, switch to a new high efficiency model to save money on your utility bill. Qualified models use 31 percent less energy and 33 percent less water than conventional machines while delivering superior cleaning performance. Do you have a dishwasher manufactured before 1994? If so, you’re paying an extra $40 each year on your utility bill as compared to owning a new high efficiency qualified model. Replace one of these old dishwashers and save enough money to pay for your dishwasher detergent all year. Rebates available for Volusia County Utility customers.

Understanding your Meter

Your water usage can be easily tracked at home by reading your meter. The water meter is located in the meter box, typically in the front yard near the neighbor’s property line.

Sensus ICE Meter

To Read:  If your meter looks like one of the first two pictured above, the numbers on the dial give the meter reading to the 1000th. 

Check for Leaks: To check for a leak make sure all water in the house is turned off and check to see if the black line on the red circle is moving. 

Sensus iPERL Meter  

To Read: If your meter resembles the meter on the far right, there are 9 digits/bars on the Sensus iPERL meter at the top of the digital display. The large, easy to read display also includes battery life, empty pipe and forward/reverse flow indicators.

Check for Leaks: To check for a leak make sure all water in the house is turned off and read the Flow Direction/Empty Pipe Indicator.  If there is a plus sign in the middle of this circle, water is passing through the meter. You can also monitor the ninth number to the far right to check for leaks.

To check for a leak inside the home, turn off the water to the home by shutting off the house valve. The house valve can be found in the garage or sometimes on the side of the home. Once the water is off, check to see if the meter is registering usage. If so, there is a leak.

To check for meter accuracy, get the current read of the meter and write it down. Fill a one gallon jug with water and check the meter again. Did it register one gallon? If so, the meter is running accurately.

Common household causes of leaks

Dripping faucets and shower heads can waste hundreds of gallons of water a month depending on the severity of the drip. Worn-out washers are the main cause of these leaks. They can be replaced inexpensively. Washers are simple to install but when in doubt, call a plumber.

Many toilet leaks are obvious because the toilet “runs”, making noise or causing movement in the toilet bowl between flushes.  Minor toilet leaks also occur in which the toilet only runs occasionally.  To test for a minor leak, drop a little food coloring into the tank and without flushing and wait about 10 minutes.  Food coloring leaks out of the tank into the bowl if you have a leak. 

The rubber flush valve or “flapper” decomposes over time.  If black residue comes off when you touch the flapper or it looks warped or disfigured, it is time to replace it.  Easy-to-install replacement kits are available at most home supply stores.  To pick the right type of flapper, be sure you know how many gallons your old toilet uses or bring the old flapper with you.

High irrigation charges

Why are we using so much water? Where does all of the water go? Customers with in-ground irrigation systems who water regularly may be surprised just how much water is used to water their lawns.

A typical residential irrigation system may have four (4) irrigation zones and use 10 to 15 gallons of water per minute.  Although that may not seem unreasonable, usage over a period of one month often may prove otherwise.  In order to demonstrate how much water a typical irrigation system can use over a one month period, let’s assume that a typical irrigation system has 4 zones watering for 45 minutes per zone, and provides an average of 12 gallons of water per minute per zone.  Irrigating twice per week, the typical irrigation system uses approximately 4,300 gallons of water per week, or 17,200 gallons of water per month.  

1) First, check your irrigation system to make sure you do not have any broken heads, leaks, or other problems which can lead to wasted water (It may be worth the extra cost to have an irrigation specialist inspect your system). 

2) Try reducing the irrigation time for each zone to the minimum amount of time necessary to maintain a healthy lawn. 

3) Consider incorporating Florida friendly landscaping into your yard. Once established, native vegetation requires much less irrigation to stay healthy. Visit this University of Florida link for more info Florida Friendly Landscaping, Florida Plants, Florida Gardening, Lawn Care

Request an audit

(Volusia County Utility customers only)
Please email your request and include your address, account number and a valid phone number with the best time to contact to: clmartin@volusia.org.

For more information on water conservation, please visit:

St. Johns River Water Management Website

 

 

Director
Michael Ulrich
mulrich@volusia.org

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