Florida has a limited fresh water supply and future availability depends on preservation. The City of Altamonte Springs is very conscious of its responsibility for the water of today, and has long been a leader in the realms of alternative water supply and environmental stewardship.
Over 30 years ago, the City started its reclaimed water program, known as Project Apricot. This program includes service to commercial and residential properties and has been instrumental in reducing groundwater demands. The City continues to identify best practices in water efficiency.
A-FIRST (Altamonte Springs-FDOT Integrated Reuse and Stormwater Treatment) project is a first-of-its-kind in the State of Florida and brings together elements of stormwater management, water supply and environmental protection to provide a truly unique integrated approach to flood protection, alternative water supply and nutrient loading reduction. The A-FIRST system is capable of delivering up to 4.5 MGD on average of reclaimed water flow available as an alternative water supply.
The City continues its forward-thinking approach to water conservation to ensure the future of our most precious resource.
Water Conservation Month
Each year, Mayor Pat Bates proclaims April as water conservation month in the City of Altamonte Springs to coincide with Florida's conservation month. The City encourages all residents, businesses and organizations to work together to conserve our precious water resources. View the official proclamation.
Did You Know?
- A slow drip from a single faucet adds up to about 170 gallons of water per month. If your car ran on water, it would be enough fuel for you to drive from Tallahassee to California and back!
- Shortening your shower by a couple of minutes can save enough water in a year for 3 months of free showers.
Easy Ways to Conserve Water
- Install water-saving aerators on all your faucets.
- Teach children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.
- Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full. You could save up to 1,000 gallons per month!
- Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs or ground cover appropriate to your area.
- Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket. Each time you flush, five to seven gallons of water is wasted.
- Take shorter showers. One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower while soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water.
- Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.
- If you can’t replace your higher volume toilet, put a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used per flush.
For more information on water conservation, please visit St. Johns River Water Management website.