Water Conservation Rebates and Resources Available
Sunrise is one of 17 city and water utility partners that form the Broward Water Partnership to offer ConservationPays - 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. (Toilet Replacement 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.
Apply for a rebate!
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 the website or call Broward County at (954) 519-1222, or the City of Sunrise Utilities Department at (954) 888-6000.
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.
Broward County Code
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 website.
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.
- Report a violation to City of Sunrise Code Enforcement at (954) 572-2344.
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.
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
Saving water is easier than you think! Small habits that you can start today will add up to big savings over time.
- Look for labels. When purchasing new appliances or equipment - like toilets, faucets, shower heads, irrigation - look for products with the WaterSense™ label.
- Fix a leak. Small household leaks can add up to gallons of water lost every day. Leaks Can Run, but They Can't Hide
- 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.
- Shorten your showers. In the United States, the average shower length is 8 minutes. Each minute you can cut saves water!
- Go low flow. Purchase and install a low-flow shower head and save an additional 500 gallons of water per week per shower.
- 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!
- 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. Save on your energy bill too by washing clothes in cold water.
- 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. Be A Butterfly Hero by choosing plants that attract butterflies.
- 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
- Sunrise participates in the countywide Annual Water Matters Day event in March at Treetops Park to educate the community.
- Sunrise hosts an annual Sunrise Earth Day festival, a free event with educational booths, children's activities, and a plant giveaway. City Events Calendar
- Sunrise participates in the NatureScape Irrigation program which funds evaluation of medians and park irrigation systems for efficiency improvements and conservation of potable water in city irrigation systems.
- Sunrise is a member of the award winning Broward Water Partnership and through the Conservation Pays program has provided over 3,700 toilet rebates to Sunrise Utility customers.
- The Sunrise Utilities Department received a water conservation incentive grant for the amount of $150,000 in matching funds for a water interconnect with the town of Davie.
- Sunrise operates a 0.99 MGD (just under 1 million gallons per day capacity) wastewater reuse process at its Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant. The City received a $1 million grant from the federal government that helped with the construction.
- Sunrise Utilities Department staff attend community meetings, career days, and events to give presentations and educate the community throughout the year.