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Florida Water Star SM. A Program of the St. Johns River Water Management District. Why Water Star SM ?. 2005 Florida population almost 19 million Expected to increase by 11 million by 2030 Demands for potable water outpacing groundwater supply. Developed land and conservation lands.

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florida water star sm

Florida Water StarSM

A Program of the

St. Johns River

Water Management District

why water star sm
Why Water StarSM?
  • 2005 Florida population almost 19 million
  • Expected to increase by 11 million by 2030
  • Demands for potable water outpacing groundwater supply
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Florida Water StarSM

A Program of the

St. Johns River

Water Management District

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Florida Water StarSM

A voluntary certification program for builders and home buyers to guarantee a minimum level of water efficiency. The goal of this program is to save 40% of current outdoor water use and 20% of current indoor use.

partners
Partners
  • Florida Irrigation Society
  • University of Florida
    • Program for Resource Efficient Communities
    • Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program
    • Department of Landscape Architecture
  • JEA
  • Gainesville Regional Utilities
  • Toho Water Authority
  • St. Johns County Utilities Department
  • Northeast Florida Builders Association
builder partners
Builder Partners
  • Collins Builders – first certified homes
  • Beazer Homes
  • Bestcon Homes
  • ICI Homes
  • St. Johns Housing Partnership
  • Mercedes Homes
  • Palace Builders
into the future
Into the Future

Florida Water StarSM affects water-use

efficiency on the lot level

  • SJRWMD is moving toward resource-efficient master planning
    • Low Impact Development (LID)
    • Florida Water StarSM
    • Green covenants, codes and restrictions (CCR)
    • Storm water and water quality
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Florida WaterStarSM 2007
  • Indoor
  • Florida Water StarSM standards
  • Accredited individuals/companies for inspection
  • Check list
  • Irrigation
  • Florida Water StarSM standards
  • Accredited individuals/companies for inspection
  • Check list
  • Landscaping
  • Florida Water StarSM standards
  • Accredited individuals/companies for inspection
  • Check list
  • Certifier/Providers
  • Assess
    • Paperwork
    • Designs
    • Qualifications
  • Issue certification
  • Florida Water StarSM Agency
  • Develop criteria for certifiers
  • Administer test of certifiers
  • Inspect certifiers
  • Random annual inspection of landscapers, plumbers and
  • irrigation firms
  • Maintain records
indoor highlights
Indoor Highlights
  • Toilets –MaP standards – 350 gm per flush minimum
    • Includes 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) @ 350 gm for ONE flush
      • Performance reduced consumption
    • High-efficiency toilets (1.28 gpf)
    • Dual flush (1.2 gpf average)
  • Water-efficient dishwashers – 6.5 gpl or less
  • Water-efficient clothes washers – 6 gallons per cubic foot or less
  • Leak and rupture protection devices
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High Efficiency Toilets

  • 1 to 1.28 gpf
  • Dual flush – Full 1.6 gpf and half 0.8 gpf
  • Re-engineered technology
    • Larger 3-inch valves for greater water pressure
    • New flapper materials that don’t corrode
    • Leaking will not occur in 3–5 years
leak and rupture protection devices
Leak and Rupture Protection Devices

Valve closes when abnormal flow is

detected

  • Installed on pressurized hoses
    • Dishwasher
    • Refrigerator
    • Washing machine
  • Protects from water damage if pressurized hose breaks – especially valuable when no one is home
outdoor benefits
Outdoor Benefits

Florida Water StarSM landscapes

  • Provide attractive Florida landscapes
  • Reduce turf area
  • Reduce outdoor water use
  • Provide greater privacy to home sites
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Turf areas shall not exceed 60 percent if site conditions require regular irrigation after establishment
right plant right place
Right Plant, Right Place

Select plants appropriate to the site

  • Sun or shade requirements
  • Mature size
  • Soil needs
  • Water needs
  • Salt and cold tolerance
  • pH tolerance
irrigation
Irrigation
  • Agricultural irrigation system efficiencies* are 60 percent to 90 percent
  • Landscape irrigation considered excellent at 70 percent efficiency
  • Florida Water StarSM objective is to attain 60 percent

For efficient irrigation

  • Group plants together based on their water needs
  • Only water where and when needed
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Florida Water StarSMThe reality

  • Mismatched or poorly spaced sprinkler heads cause an imbalance in the amount of water applied.
  • Some areas don’t get enough water.
  • Some areas are overwatered.
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Florida Water StarSM

Water-saving measures that save Florida’s water resources for the future . . . .

For more information,

visit floridawaterstar.com.