Water Conservation Rebates and Resources Available
Sunrise is one of 17 city and water utility partners in Broward County participating in Conservation Pays - a multi-year program that provides rebates and other water conservation tools and tips. The program was recently expanded to include multi-family units, commercial buildings and not-for-profit agencies - as well as single-family homes. Qualifying Sunrise utility customers are encouraged to take advantage of the following benefits:
Toilet Rebates. Eligible utility customers may replace old toilets that use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush (gpf) with a WaterSense® certified, High-Efficiency Toilet (HET) that uses 1.28 gpf or less. (Scroll down for a how-to video.) WaterSense® dual flush toilets must also use 1.28 gpf or less for both flush options. A limited number of rebates are available, and pre-approval is required. Toilets purchased prior to application approval will not be eligible. Other restrictions apply. For details, please visit www.ConservationPays.com. If you cannot access the rebate form online, you may pick up a form at the Sunrise Utilities Administration building (777 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway, Sunrise 33325) on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Low-flow Shower Heads, Faucet Aerators and Restaurant Pre-Rinse Spray Valves. A limited number of these items are available free on a first-come, first-served basis at the Sunrise Utilities Administration building (777 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway, Sunrise 33325) on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In order to be eligible for these items, you must show a recent water bill and photo identification as proof that you are a Sunrise Utilities customer. In addition, you must bring in your old shower head in order to receive a new shower head. However, you do not need to bring in your old aerators.
To learn more about the program, visit www.ConservationPays.com, contact Broward County at (800) 270-9794, or the City of Sunrise Utilities Department at (954) 888-6000.
See how simple it can be to replace your water guzzler with a High-Efficiency Toilet:
Water Use Restrictions
The City of Sunrise supports the all-year, two-day-a-week landscape irrigation restrictions imposed by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and the Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department.
In order to help manage our water resources, the City is implementing a Water Conservation Program; planning for the development and funding of alternative water supply projects; and focusing on other critical renewal and replacement initiatives.
The current water use restrictions are being enforced in our City with the assistance of the Sunrise Police Department and Sunrise Code Enforcement. Pursuant to City ordinance, fines of up to $250 may be assessed for violation of these restrictions.
An overview of the residential restrictions is provided below. For additional details, residents and business owners are invited to visit the SFWMD Web site.
Residential Water-Use Restrictions:
- For homes with addresses that end in an ODD number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9), lawn watering is permitted on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 12:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., and/or between 4:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
- For homes with addresses that end in an EVEN number (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8), lawn watering is permitted on Thursdays and Sundays between 12:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., and/or between 4:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
- No restrictions apply to other outside water uses, such as for car and boat washing, or pressure cleaning.
- The use of water for firefighting, safety, sanitation, health, medical and other essential purposes is not restricted.
Answers to some basic water-use questions are provided below:
Common Water Use Issues
Low-volume watering methods: Drip, bubble and micro-jet systems and watering cans that apply water directly to root plant zones may be used any time. Water collected in cisterns and rain barrels may also be used for irrigation any time. Low-volume irrigation should not produce water runoff. Voluntary reductions in use are encouraged.
Drip, bubble and micro-jet systems and watering cans that apply water directly to root plant zones may be used any time. Water collected in cisterns and rain barrels may also be used for irrigation any time. Low-volume irrigation should not produce water runoff. Voluntary reductions in use are encouraged.
Car and boat washing: Vehicle washing is not restricted. When washing a car, park it over a non-paved or porous surface to limit water runoff, and always attach an automatic shut-off nozzle to your hose. Limit boat rinsing to 15 minutes after it has been in salt water.
Fundraising car washes: There are no restrictions on vehicle washing. Always attach automatic shutoff nozzles to hoses and, if possible, channel runoff water to a grassy area or porous surface.
Use of pressure washing: Pressure washing is not restricted. Use low-volume equipment that produces water pressure of 1,000 pounds per square inch to 4,000 pounds per square inch. Channel runoff water onto the grass or another non-paved surface.
Water Conservation Tips
Little things add up. Try one of these suggestions each day and save thousands of gallons per year:
Shower, don't bathe. You'll save up to 5,000 gallons per month if you take a five-minute shower instead of soaking in a bubble bath.
Go low flow. Purchase and install a low flow shower head and save an additional 500 gallons of water per week.
Turn off the tap. Turning off the water while you brush your teeth can save up to four gallons per minute. That adds up to 200 gallons per month for a family of four!
Reclaim your mailbox. Twenty-eight billion gallons of water is wasted each year producing and recycling junk mail. To stop pre-approved credit card and insurance offers, call 888-5-OPT-OUT from your home telephone; it will be checked against an address database. Or visit www.optoutprescreen.com. To free yourself from more than 75% of unwanted junk mail and catalogs, buy a subscription to an organization like 41 Pounds ($41 for five years) or Green Dimes ($20 for first year/$10 to renew). As a bonus, Green Dimes will even plant five trees in your name.
Test your tank. Add food coloring to the water in your toilet's tank. If it seeps into the bowl, you have a leak. Fixing the leak can save more than 600 gallons per month.
Wash only when you have a full load. Wait until you have a full load to use your dishwasher and your washing machine and you'll save up to 1,000 gallons per month.
Trash it. Throwing that tissue in the trash saves five gallons of water vs. flushing it away.
Pick your plants carefully. Choose low water or drought tolerant landscaping for significant water savings. For more tips, visit the Florida Yards Web site.
Drip. Choose a water-saving drip irrigation system for your landscaping. It not only saves water and money, it's more effective than regular sprinklers.
Be an early bird. Watering your lawn in the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speeds are at their lowest reduces evaporation and waste.
Conduct a Home Water Audit
The average U.S. household uses approximately 69.3 gallons of water per person per day indoors, according to a survey by the American Water Works Association. Do you know how much water your family consumes? By conducting a simple household water audit, you can estimate your indoor use. This can help you target your water conservation efforts and, in turn, save money.
Use our typeable Water Audit Form [PDF], and we'll do the math!
Water Conservation, Outreach and Education
1. During the 2012 Water Matters Day Event, City of Sunrise introduced customers to the Utility Department Water Conservation objective. Literature, water conservation tips and coloring books were distributed to school-aged children and adults.
2. During the 2012 Earth Day Event, Sunrise set up a rain barrel painting exhibition for children. Customers were instructed on the use of rain barrels, water saving home fixtures and general tips for conserving water use at home.
3. Sunrise committed to participating with Broward County in the Broward Naturescape program which funds evaluation of median or park irrigation systems for efficiency improvements and conservation of potable water in city irrigation systems.
4. Sunrise is a full partner with Broward County in their "Conservation Pays" water conservation incentive program, which provides rebates for numerous water saving devices for in-house conservation. The City of Sunrise is leading all other City partners in this program campaign.
5. The Sunrise Utilities Department has applied for and received a water conservation incentive grant for the amount of $150,000 in matching funds for a water interconnect with the town of Davie. The City of Sunrise has also been awarded a $1 million grant from the federal government for construction of a .99 million gallon irrigational reuse expansion at its Southwest wastewater treatment plant.