Water conservation is the most important action we can take to sustain our water supplies, meet future needs and reduce demands on Florida’s water-dependent ecosystems such as springs, rivers, lakes and wetlands. Water conservation activities can be implemented by utilities, sometimes utilizing cost-share programs of the water management districts; through regulation, such as landscape irrigation restrictions; but most importantly, water conservation can be implemented by YOU!
As part of the department's statutory duties, pursuant to section 373.036(7), F.S., the department is entrusted to exercise general supervisory authority over all water management districts. The department enjoys a cooperative working relationship with the water management districts and facilitates consistency and efficiency efforts at the statewide level. The department also relies on guidance memos to help communicate a consistent message to the districts. The guidance memos may be found below.
Effective and efficient water management is essential to the public, the environment and Florida’s economic health and welfare. The core mission of Florida’s five water management districts is water supply, water quality, flood protection and floodplain management, and natural systems management. Over the past several years, DEP has worked collaboratively with the water management districts to review, revise and realign their operations, practices and budgets.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.