Even with the state’s abundant freshwater springs, Florida’s current fresh water supply is projected to be unable to meet all of the growing needs of Floridians in the future, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Water resource managers rely on water conservation and alternative water supply sources to mitigate the problem. We each play a part in protecting the water we rely on. Luckily, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers some simple steps you can take to help conserve this vital natural resource. 

Put up signs

If you live near a water source, consider putting up signs to help others understand how pollution can affect the local drinking water. Use plain language with simple action prompts. If you need information, visit your local environmental protection office.

Use and Dispose of Hazardous Materials Properly

A number of household items are considered hazardous, and should not be dumped on the ground. By doing so, you could contaminate soil and groundwater.

These include motor oil, pesticides, leftover paints or paint cans, mothballs, flea collars, household cleaners and pharmaceuticals.

Find your nearest drop-off location by calling 1-800-CLEANUP.

Volunteer in Your Community

  • Find a water protection organization in your area and get involved in its initiatives.
  • Participate in a local cleanup.
  • Spread the word about protecting drinking water.

Organize a Storm Drain Stenciling Project

Work with community members to stencil messages next to storm drains reminding people to not dump waste. Use simple messages and words, such as “Protect Our Water” with a photo of a glass and faucet.

Info from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency