Water Conservation

Water is a shared resource that keeps our community healthy and our economy growing. South Florida gets about 53 inches of rain per year, but much of it is “lost” to evaporation. Plus, most rain falls during our short wet season, leaving about eight months of the year relatively dry—and these happen to be the winter months when our population swells and agriculture peaks.  Water conservation helps to extend our available water supply through the dry months, supports economic growth, and protects the environment for fish and wildlife. It is also faster, cheaper, and more energy-efficient than developing new water sources.

Rain Barrel Program is suspended until further notice. Please contact the Office of Sustainability in 2023 for more information.

Boynton Beach Utilities is committed to providing tools that will reduce your water use inside and outside of your home. Free conservation kits are available for residents of the Utilities Service Area while supplies last. The kit includes a low-flow showerhead,  LED light bulb, replacement toilet flapper, and leak detector dye tablets. Water-saving hose nozzles are also available as supplies last.

Pick up your kit at one of these locations:

  • City Hall at the Customer Service window, 100 E. Ocean Ave., Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm
  • Utilities Administration Building, 124 E. Woolbright Rd., Monday – Friday 8am to 4:30pm

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule permits up to three days per week of watering in Palm Beach County. Odd-numbered addresses may water lawns and landscapes on Mondays, Wednesdays and/or Saturdays. Even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and/or Sundays. All watering should be done ONLY before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

The Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule allows additional watering for new lawn and landscaping for up to 90 days, unless local landscape irrigation ordinances are in place. Users of Reclaimed Water (link) are encouraged to conserve water voluntarily. 

The complete Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule can be found online

Fifth-grade students and teachers in the Boynton Beach Utilities service area enjoyed another successful year of the Water Conservation Education program. The program teaches students the importance of conservation through classroom activities and the installation of water saving devices in their own homes. In 2017, 943 fifth graders and their teachers participated, with an estimated annual program savings of 8.2 million gallons of water and 8,127 kWh of electricity (8,693 gallons of water and kWh per household).

Outdoor Tips  

  • Set automatic timer based on seasonal plant needs
  • Water only areas that show signs of stress 
  • Water early in the day – best before sunrise 
  • Water deeply = longer roots 
  • Keep mower blades sharp and raise the blade 
  • Use a rain sensor to regulate the sprinkler system 
  • Use Florida-friendly landscaping 
  • Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveway 
  • Use a hose shut-off nozzle 
  • Install a rain barrel to capture rainwater 

Indoor Tips 

  • Fix leaks! One drop per second from a leaky faucet = 3,150 gallons per year! 
  • Install low-flow toilets 
  • Replace old showerheads 
  • Add aerators to faucets 
  • Use more efficient dishwashers & washing machines 
  • Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth or rinsing vegetables 
  • Take shorter showers 
  • Wash full laundry and dish loads

Conservation Links