Water ResourcesWater shortages; red tide; polluted beaches; dead fish washed ashore…These and other water issues have not just been recent headlines; these incidents have impacted our daily lives and quality of life.Water is a basic need, without clean, sufficient freshwater for Southwest Florida’s citizens, and the environment, our quality of life is in jeopardy.Did You Know ??Fast facts about waterLess than 1% of the earth’s water is available for consumption.Each Floridian uses about 175 gallons of water daily – twice the national average – with about half of that being used for irrigation. Man made canals and development provide drainage to low-lying areas in south Florida, but also lower groundwater necessary for public water supply.As our freshwater diminishes, the chances increase for saltwater intrusion into our freshwater. Desalination of water costs ten times more than sourcing groundwater.South Florida is dependent on rainfall to replenish our drinking water supplies. Average consumption is highest in months rain is scarcest - December through May.You Can Help Protect Our WaterAt Home:Promote "low-impact" home site and landscaping design Use environmentally friendly plants, native plants, mulch, low nitrogen phosphorous fertilizers and sound pest control for your yard Create rain gardens, add rain barrels, consider xeriscaping and include permeable pavement and stone pathways in your landscape design Learn more about water conservation In Your Community:Get Involved - Join the Conservancy! Speak out for stronger stormwater regulation for the region (Southwest Florida Basin rule) Speak out for stronger stormwater regulation for the state (Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection rule) Oppose the destruction and drainage of wetlands and the use of the Harper Methodology which views wetlands as causing pollution Support implementation of scientific studies before new canals, ditches, and culverts are created Learn more about water quality in estuaries and watersheds, or visit the Southwest Florida Water Management website.