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Environmental Services Division
Public Services Department

Environmental Services Division
Public Services Department
300 West Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Phone: 407.656.2256

Utility Emergencies
After 5pm - Monday through Friday
All Day - Saturdays & Sundays
Phone: 321.436.4559

Water Conservation

Providing for our residents’ current water needs while planning ahead to meet projected needs is a top priority for the City.

To ensure the availability of this precious resource for future generations, the withdrawal of fresh water from our ecosystem cannot exceed its natural replacement rate. As Florida’s population continues to grow, it is increasingly vital that we take measures to conserve this life-sustaining natural resource.

This page provides residents with the knowledge and tools they need to use water effectively and efficiently in their everyday lives. Every drop counts and every person can make a difference!


News and Announcements

Calendar of Events and Themes

Important Dates

Every Drop Counts
More than 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted in U.S. homes each year from easy-to-fix leaks. That’s why the City is participating in Fix a Leak Week, the second week in March, and we encourage you to join us.

Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program as part of the We’re for Water campaign, this week is an opportunity to improve the water efficiency of your home by finding and fixing leaks. In the average home, household leaks waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year. That’s enough to wash nearly 10 months’ worth of laundry!

Grab a wrench or contact your favorite handy person, plumber, or WaterSense irrigation partner to address leaking toilets, faucets, showerheads, and irrigation systems around your home.

April is Water Conservation Month!
The City of Winter Garden encourages everyone to take steps to conserve water year-round, but as we enter into Florida’s dry season, it is even more critical for us all to do our part to conserve.  The Florida Legislature designated April as Water Conservation Month because April is in the dry season, when there is relatively little rainfall compared to the rest of the year.   As we enter into Florida’s dry season, it is critical that the Winter Garden Community continues to conserve our water resources. Here are just a few ways to conserve water…click here

Show off your super-saver techniques and pledge to protect our future water resources. Or, use #MyWaterPledge on social media to share how you conserve water indoors and out!

   
Drinking Water Week, First Week of May
The American Water Works Association (AWWA), the authoritative resource on safe water, kicks off Drinking Water Week on May 1, an annual celebration of our most precious natural resource. Learn how local schools are celebrating through the annual Drop Savers Poster Contest – click here

A safe, reliable water supply is critical to the success of any community. It creates jobs, attracts industry and investment, and provides for the health and welfare of citizens in ways ranging from disease prevention to fire suppression. For more than 35 years, the  American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

In addition to conserving our water resources, it is vital that we protect water sources from contamination. For more information on what only tap water delivers, please visit http://www.drinktap.org/.

For the City’s most Current Water Quality Report, containing information about the quality of Winter Garden's water and the services provided by the Water Treatment Division, click here and go to “View Department Contact Info”.

July is Smart Irrigation Month
Smart Irrigation Month is a campaign to increase public awareness of the value of water-use efficiency during summer’s peak demand. Check rain sensors, controller settings, and spray heads.  To learn more about Smart Irrigation Month, click here.

The City of Winter Garden encourages homeowners to be smart about their irrigation by taking a moment to tune up their irrigation systems and check their rain shut-off devices. To learn more, click here.
For more information about irrigation contractors, please visit the Florida Irrigation Society and Irrigation Association websites.


Florida Friendly Landscaping™ Program


All Winter Garden FFL programs are held at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 North Dillard Street, unless otherwise noted.
The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program educates Floridians about science-based, environmentally friendly landscaping practices and encourages them to conserve and protect our water resources by applying Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Principles in their landscapes.

Program Information
Videos & Tutorials
Demonstration Garden

Florida-Friendly Landscaping is encouraged and protected under Florida Statute 373.185, to learn more click here. For FAQs about the statute, click here. To learn more about implementing Florida-Friendly Landscaping, contact the Orange County Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) Program Assistant, click here.

November Florida Friendly Landscaping Workshops

“Basics of Square Foot Gardening”

Residential Horticulturist, Kelly Greer, will be hosting one landscaping workshop in November, curtesy of UF/IFAS Extension of Orange County. The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program will help residents make better decisions in landscaping practices with guiding tips in plant choice, irrigation practices, fertilizer applications and pest control. Square Foot Gardening is "a system of gardening” developed by Mel Bartholomew that uses 4 foot by 4 foot plots subdivided into 1-foot squares for growing a specific number of a particular type of vegetable to maximize space and facilitate ease of maintenance". Come and learn how to grow more fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers in less space than you thought possible!

Workshop is scheduled for November 10th at 6—7:30pm.  All landscaping workshops are $5.00 per household and open to all Winter Garden residents and businesses.  Workshops are held in Jessie Brock Community Center Building at 310 Dillard Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787. Registration is required so please sign up at www.gardenflorida.eventbrite.com or call 407-254-9200 for registration assistance. Please visit the water conservation webpage at www.cwgdn.com for more information about workshops, irrigation, water conservation tips, and more!

December Florida Friendly Landscaping Workshop

“Tomatoes: In Search of the Perfect Tomato”

Tomatoes are the favorite vegetable in the home vegetable garden. Some like the taste, some like the unique shapes and colors and some like the challenge. Learn about the history of the tomato, what tomato varieties are best adapted to the Central Florida climate and how to best grow them. Residential Horticulturist, Kelly Greer, will be hosting one landscaping workshop in November, curtesy of UF/IFAS Extension of Orange County. The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program will help residents make better decisions in landscaping practices with guiding tips in plant choice, irrigation practices, fertilizer applications and pest control.

Workshop is scheduled for December 8, from 6 to 7:30 pm.  All landscaping workshops are $5.00 per household and open to all Winter Garden residents and businesses.  Workshops are held in Jessie Brock Community Center Building at 310 Dillard Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787. Registration is required so please sign up at www.gardenflorida.eventbrite.com or call 407-254-9200 for registration assistance. Please visit the water conservation webpage at www.cwgdn.com for more information about workshops, irrigation, water conservation tips, and more!

 


Green Events and Activities

  • Oakland Nature Preserve (year-round events, classes, and workshops) - click here
  • Orange County Extension Office (year-round events, classes, and workshops at multiple locations in Orange County) – click here
  • Jessie Brock Community Center, click here.
  • Mead Gardens – Backyard Biodiversity Day & Plant Sale October 18, 2014 – click here

  • Evaluations
    Water Conservation staff can provide irrigation evaluations, help with controller programming, and provide tips on landscaping practices & design to reduce water consumption.  Please call 407.656.4111 ext 5193 or email ahofelt@wintergarden-fl.gov for more information.

    Free Showerhead Exchange
    The City is offering a free 1.5 gpm showerhead, plus other water-saving fixtures. Please click here for more information.


    Conservation Information

    What Is Your Water Footprint? (by H2O Conserve)
    The H2O Conserve Water Calculator is an interactive tool designed to help you figure out how much water you use, how you use it, and how you can use less. Click here to calculate your water footprint.


    Irrigation Rules Summary
    City of Winter Garden Irrigation Ordinance (09-11)
    Alternatives to Irrigation Violation Fines

    To report an irrigation violation, please call 407.654.2732 or email ahofelt@wintergarden-fl.gov.

    Educational Resources


    Professional Resources

    EPA Water Sense
    Florida Water Star
    Irrigation Association
    Florida Irrigation Society
    Florida-Friendly Landscaping
    UF/IFAS Extension Center
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Florida Green Building Coalition
    Association of Florida Native Nurseries
    Program for Resource Efficient Communities
    Florida Green Industries Best Management Practices
    Florida Nursery, Growers, and Landscape Association
    Standards and Specifications for Turf and Landscape Irrigation Systems


    Useful Links
    Florida Friendly Landscaping
    Watering & Irrigation
    St. Johns River Water Management District
    Florida Water Star
    Waterwise Florida Landscapes
    WaterSense
    Rain Barrels
    Reclaim Water
    UF/IFAS Extension Office
    Orange County Environmental Protection
    Orange County Tree Adoption Events
    Go Native
    Invasive Plant List

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