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POWR (PROTECT OCOEE'S WATER RESOURCES)
 

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Every drop counts.  Save water, save money!

Daylight Saving Time has returned and landscape irrigation is back to the two-days-per-week schedule.  Please keep water conservation in mind and only irrigate when your day and time are up and when your lawn and landscaping need it!
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From the American Water Works Association:

"A safe, reliable water supply is critical to the success of any community. It creates jobs, attracts industry and investment, and provides for the health and welfare of citizens in ways ranging from disease prevention to fire suppression. We often take water supply for granted until it is threatened, either by drought, water main breaks, or some other event. For more than 30 years, the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives."
10 Conservation Tips to Remember:
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  1. Don't run the water while brushing your teeth.
  2. Load the dishwasher and clothes washer to full capacity before running them.
  3. If washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run.
  4. Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets.
  5. Install water-efficient appliances in your home.
  6. Don't over-water your lawn. Stop spoiling your turf.
  7. When the driveway or sidewalk needs cleaning, use a broom, not a hose.
  8. If you have a swimming pool, use a cover. Cut the loss of water by evaporation.
  9. Help preserve the quality of the available water supply by not overusing pesticides and fertilizers, avoiding flushing medications down the toilet or sink, and disposing of hazardous materials properly.
  10. Place rain barrels beneath your downspouts. The rainwater can be used for outdoor plants and trees or to wash a car.
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Introduction - What is "The POWR Program"?

POWR was designed not only to educate the community about water conservation, but also to inform residents about the importance of Florida’s precious water resources. The name POWR – Protect Ocoee’s Water Resources -- was developed to bring about a common goal among all of Ocoee’s residents. So, every time you see the POWR logo, remember to Protect Ocoee’s Water Resources.

The SJRWMD looks at each city’s population, growth rate, periodic droughts, and other factors when determining the maximum amount of water they should be drawing from the ground.

Ocoee is just one of many cities that SJRWMD is working with to reduce its water consumption. We are using too much water. The City of Ocoee has decided to embrace the efforts of SJRWMD. City officials and staff want Ocoee to set the example for water conservation in the SJRWMD. The City believes that water conservation is one of the most important issues facing all Florida cities and Ocoee wants to do its part by urging every Ocoee resident and business person to do their part.

Our goal is to have each family or business reduce their consumption by 15 percent. We hope you will take the challenge and make the commitment to Protect Ocoee's Water Resources. We believe if every Ocoee resident changes just one habit in an effort to save a little water every day, we can make a difference not only today, but for future generations.

So take the time to decide what one small habit you can change and be part of the solution!
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Rain Barrels

The long history of rainwater collection, can be traced (in recorded history) as far back as ancient times some 3,000 years ago (850 BC) if not even farther. The need for water is a basic human essential for maintaining life, without it, no civilization could have prospered. Rainwater collection in ancient Constantinople is one of the last megalithic structures of its kind. During the dark ages, technologies as advanced as these however seem to have taken a severe decline in the western world, while older less expensive techniques persisted up until the industrial era. With the advance of technology, time proven methods gave way to centralized systems of water collection, with pipes and collective communal systems. If we however, are to learn from our mistakes, we must study history and in this way rediscover the value of rainwater collection. Commonly used systems are constructed of three principal components; namely, the catchment area, the collection device, and the conveyance system. As long as water is not a problem, people don’t really seem to care where it comes from or even how it gets in the house, just as long as it is there and useful. This mentality of forgetting as a whole is what must be fought, as it is through the past that we learn to make a better and brighter future, by not repeating the same mistakes as our forefathers. Clean rainwater collection throughout human history has taught us time and time again how this is possible.
 
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Used as a secondary source of water for gardening in residential areas, are rain barrels. The City of Ocoee is promoting the use of cisterns and rain barrels for gardening applications. Both rain barrels and cisterns can provide a source of chemically untreated 'soft water' for gardens and compost, free of most sediment and dissolved salts. Because residential irrigation can account for up to 65% of domestic water consumption, water conservation measures such as rain barrels can be used to reduce the demand on the city's system, especially during the hot summer months.
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Fun Resources for Kids!

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Indoor Water Conservation POWR Tips

Outdoor Water Conservation POWR Tips

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New Landscaping

Newly installed landscaping may be watered on any day during the first thirty (30) days after planting, and every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during days 31-60.  However, you still may not irrigate between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.  Avoid installing new landscaping during droughts as it will be more difficult for roots to establish and more water will be required.  If you have new landscaping or sod please call 407-905-3159 and let us know so that we can make a note of the date that the landscaping or sod was installed in your file, which will prevent you from receiving a "Watering Violation" notice.
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