Water Conservation and Drought Conditions
On Thursday, April 13, 2017, the National Weather Service declared that all of Indian River County is experiencing severe drought conditions. Since January 1, 2017, Vero Beach has received 6.1 inches of rain, 42 percent less than normal. Due to this precipitation shortage, as well as April being Water Conservation Month, the following are some tips that you can take to help conserve water:
- Take short showers.
- Showers instead of baths.
- Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when full.
- Fix any leaky faucets/toilets/pipes.
- Turn off the water while brushing teeth or soaping hands during washing.
- Keep drinking water stored in the fridge to reduce running the tap to cool water.
Per the St. Johns River Water Management District regulations, the following is in effect:
- No landscape watering between 10 am and 4 pm.
- Limit watering to one hour per day.
- New plantings can be watered more frequently.
- Reclaimed water and harvested rainwater can be used at any time.
- This also applies to all other water sources, including private wells, surface water, and water from public and private utilities.
- Residential irrigation is allowed on Wednesdays and Saturdays at odd-numbered or no addresses.
- Residential irrigation is allowed on Thursdays and Sundays at even-numbered addresses.
- Nonresidential irrigation is allowed on Tuesdays and Fridays.