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Pledge to Reduce Your Water Consumption in Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge

Did you know that daily water consumption in Surfside is nearly double the national average? On average, Surfside uses approximately 155 gallons of water per person per day, versus 82 gallons per person per day nationally.* Surfside's water consumption is significantly greater than the rates for Florida and Miami-Dade County, as well.

Help conserve our planet’s natural resources by taking part in the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation from August 1-31, 2020.  Simply visit the website and make a series of online pledges to regularly reduce your water consumption. The community with the most resident participation can win prizes, such as money toward home utility payments, water saving fixtures and more.

“The Town of Surfside prides itself on our stewardship of water resources. We are privileged to enjoy access to a beautiful beach and Biscayne Bay, and we are committed to safeguarding the Biscayne Aquifer, our vital source of freshwater. By participating in the Mayor's Challenge, we hope to highlight our residents' commitment to sustainable water use for Surfside both today and for future generations,” says Mayor Charles W. Burkett.

Here are several easy cost-saving tips to reduce your water consumption:

Turn off your faucet when not in use. For example, while you’re brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing dishes. Fix leaky taps, too!

Shorten your showers. Set a timer on your phone and aim for five minutes or less to keep your showers short. Switching to an efficient shower head will also allow you to lather up in less water.

Load up washing machines and dishwashers. Washing a full machine load of clothes or dishes uses less water and energy than 2 half-loads. Buy high-energy efficient appliances for additional savings. 

Invest in a low-flow toilet. Modern dual-flush systems use much less water than the standard single flush toilet. 

Don’t overwater your lawn during peak periods. And install rain sensors on irrigation systems. 

Capture rainwater. Find ways to save and store rainwater for use in your yard.

Monitor your water usage on your water bill. You can calculate how much water you use and start saving today by visiting the South Florida Water Management District website

Miami-Dade County features a water conservation program. Learn about incentives to help reduce your water use and lower your water bill by visiting the county’s website

*Over 50% of water sold in Surfside goes to condos, which have pools, irrigation and other water features that residential homes may not. This drives up the average rate of water use for the Town overall. Water use by residents of residential homes is lower than 155 gallons per person per day.

**Sources: Surfside Public Works, Miami-Dade County Water Conservation Plan 2018 Annual Report, and the United States Geological Survey (USGS)