In North Port, Florida, April is water conservation month, and the city is engaged in a number of awareness campaigns to alert residents to the importance of saving water.
Thousands of Floridians begin to water their lawns as early as April, which is typically a dry month in southwestern parts of the state, according to town officials. Residents can help save resources by taking shorter showers, turning off the faucet while brushing their teeth or installing low-flow water fixtures in their homes. The town has released a list of 100 additional conservation tips on its website in an effort to educate citizens about water conservation.
Area schools are being encouraged to take part in conservation efforts, as well. The Southwest Florida Water Management District Conservation Class Challenge encourages students to come up with a plan to reduce water usage by 10 gallons per day, implement that plan and record the results.
"The children take the conservation advice to heart and really do apply the tips to their everyday lives, making water conservation an early on and wonderful habit," said Jessica Lawrence, customer service coordinator with SWFWMD. "The school outreach has a viral effect in that many students are excited about what they learn and carry that information home with them to share with their family members and friends."
Spring is an important time for resource conservation efforts. World Water Day takes place on March 22, and Earth Day 2012 is set for April 22.