1 COMMENT Please enter your comment! TAGSFlorida Water StarSJRWMDSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleApopka police looking for armed robbery suspectNext articleApopka Historical Society installs officers Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here MAURICE Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate From the St. John’s River Water Management DistrictThe number of certifications being sought for water conservation increased 200 percent in 2016. Developed by the St. Johns River Water Management District and launched in 2007, the Florida Water StarSM program provides water conservation certification for homes, entire communities and commercial developments.“Water conservation achieved through programs like Florida Water Star continue to be a critical strategy in meeting current and future water supply demands,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “The district is dedicated to grassroots education and outreach programs that share with the public the importance of ongoing water conservation.”“Our lawns and landscape account for about half of residential water use, which means tremendous savings can be realized when we look outside our homes,” said District Water Conservation Coordinator Deirdre Irwin. “Florida Water Star integrates water conservation into daily life, making it easier for homeowners and business to save water.”In its first ten years, 4,100 residences have received water conservation certification through the program. The number of certifications being sought increased by 200 percent last year, from 79 homes in 2015 to 283 homes in 2016.A recent evaluation of Florida Water StarFound a 43 percent savings for outdoor water use where homeowners maintained their landscapes. Indoor water savings averaged 6.6 percent when compared to similar new homes. As part of the certification, standards and guidelines for water efficiency are included for indoor fixtures and appliances, landscape design and irrigation systems.Today, the award-winning certification program is operated in partnership with the South Florida and Southwest Florida water management districts and the Florida Green Building Coalition. Through a partnership with the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Associations, Florida Water Star has accredited 325 professionals for installing and designing water-wise landscapes.Certified homes and communities can be found in many areas across Florida, including Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, New Smyrna Beach, Gainesville, Palm Coast, Naples, Miami and in the panhandle.April is Water Conservation MonthA designation intended to heighten public awareness about the variety of ways to reduce our water use. The designation is especially timely this year as it coincides with the issuance of several Water Shortage Warning Orders that encompass multiple counties across Florida intended to increase awareness of potentially prolonged drought. FOR GOODNESS SAKE DO AWAY WITH ST AUG GRASS–THIS WILL SAVE MILLIONS GALLONS Reply April 4, 2017 at 11:03 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.