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Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department offers water tips for First Day of Summer

MIAMI (June 21, 2017)

The calendar says it’s the First Day of Summer, but that really doesn’t mean much for residents in South Florida except to show that the barometer readings increase from hot to lava-like temperatures. As a result, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department offers some tips to beat the heat, as well as how best to save our precious resource during these sweltering summer months.

Stay hydrated: Water is important for temperature regulation, lubricating your joints, protecting the spinal cord and other sensitive tissue. It is important to drink water or eat foods that our bodies can convert to water, every day. When the weather is extremely hot our bodies lose water faster than it normally does. When exercising, we lose water faster too. So, make sure that you take your refillable water bottle with you everywhere this summer and fill it up with delicious Miami-Dade water. It’s tested more than 210,000 times a year to make sure that you remain hydrated and cool this summer and year-round.

Watch your sprinklers: Miami-Dade County remains under permanent watering restrictions. Make sure your sprinklers are scheduled to only be used on the correct days and times based on your address. Residents should choose from one of two "watering windows" (before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.) on their designated irrigation days. For the most efficient use of water, residents should avoid irrigating during both time periods on the same day. Residents and businesses with odd-numbered street addresses are permitted to water on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Even addresses are on Thursdays and Sundays. Hand-watering with one hose fitted with an automatic shut-off nozzle is allowed for 10 minutes per day for landscape stress relief and to prevent plant die-off. Make sure to check weather reports and refrain from over-watering when rain is in the forecast.

Save money: Outdoor irrigation accounts for up to 50 percent of water use in Florida, and up to 50 percent of the water applied to lawns is lost to evaporation - some households may lose up to 70 gallons of water each day. To conserve as much of our precious water as possible, we must be vigilant especially when watering our lawns to make every drop count. This summer, take a few minutes to identify ways that you and your family can become more water efficient and still maintain beautiful yards and landscaping. One such way to save water and money is to take advantage of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department’s free evaluations of single family homes’ irrigation systems. Rebates can be earned if recommendations are implemented as a part of the Irrigation System Evaluation and Rebate Program. The evaluation will detail to the homeowner how to make their irrigation system more water-efficient. Homeowners who implement the recommendations and provide verification of the retrofits will qualify for up to $500 in rebates, per fiscal year for up to five years. Homeowners do not need to implement all recommendations at once to be eligible for rebates. They can implement the retrofits for what works best for their system and their budget. For more information, visit the water conservation webpage.

Pool Credit: Did you need to make a repair to the pool to get it summer ready? Did you have to empty and refill it? WASD allows a credit once per calendar year for a swimming pool that is fully emptied and re-filled. The sewer portion of your bill will be adjusted for the amount of water consumed. Once the completed request is received via mail, fax or email, the Department will calculate an adjustment based on the dimensions of the swimming pool. For more information on the credit, download the form.

It is the priority of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department to provide safe, reliable service to its customers. For additional information about Department services and programs, visit the department’s website.