Many people think that because Florida is surrounded by more water than any other state, we must have all the water we need. Not true! Florida's water supply comes from the bountiful systems of rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes, springs, aquifers and estuaries across the state. But people are using water faster than it can be replenished.
Our local leaders are facing the pressing question of how to ensure a clean, reliable water supply with strains from population growth, booming development, and global warming. Many communities are already enforcing water restrictions.
There are a few simple things you can do at home to ease the burden on your local water supply and save money in the process.
These water saving measures can have a big impact on water demand in local communities. While saving money, you also have the opportunity to ensure that there is plenty of water available for generations to come.
WATER FOOTPRINT CALCULATOR
Learn how your choices and habits affect your water use inside and outside of your home, through the food you eat, the products you buy and even the energy you use. This calculator helps you estimate your total water use. You know water comes from the tap, but do you know how much water goes into your sandwich? Your gadgets? The electricity that powers them?
Check out your water footprint.
PHILIP LEBER, PLLC Gulf Coast Choice Homes