April 2016
Celebrating 100 Years of Water Management
Since 1915
April Is Water Conservation Month
Water conservation is an essential practice
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Fresh water is a renewable but finite natural resource. Our water supply is replenished through the Water Cycle, a process in which water on the Earth's surface evaporates, forms clouds and returns as rain. Conservation practices help sustain our water resources. There are three key components to water conservation: r educing water loss and consumption; p roviding water quality protection from negative impacts such as pollution or saltwater infiltration; and i mplementing improvements in water management practices and regulations.
Global Water Conservation
Water conservation is important to everyone
Although more than 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, humans rely on a finite supply of fresh water. There are many causes for the decrease in supply of fresh water, but growing population, especially in developing countries, is among the biggest. In places without proper sanitation, water can also become polluted with diseases and parasites making clean water less available.

Developed countries are not immune to diminishing supplies of fresh water. The  World Water Council reports a sixfold increase in water use for a twofold increase in population size in the United States. This trend highlights the connection between higher living standards and increased water usage and emphasizes the need for good water management, regulations and conservation practices locally and worldwide.
LWDD's Role In Water Conservation
The C-51 Reservoir can help protect water supplies
C-51 Reservoir Construction
A reservoir is one method to manage a sustainable water supply. Located in Palm Beach County, the C-51 Reservoir project has the potential to collect excess stormwater. This increased storage capacity can reduce some of the flood control discharges through the Lake Worth Lagoon estuary reducing potential  environmental degradation.
 
Additionally, fresh water stored within the reservoir can be reintroduced into the regional water supply system and used to recharge portions of the surficial aquifer. This recharge can benefit municipal water utilities by allowing them to withdraw additional water from the surficial aquifer while maintaining compliance with regional water availability rules.
 
Due to its large network of canals, LWDD has the ability to direct stormwater throughout a large area of central and southeastern Palm Beach County and deliver water to neighboring counties. The District's stormwater conveyance system is an important part of the C-51 Reservoir project and plays a significant role in water conservation.
Save Water and Money
Easy to perform toilet leak detection test
The majority of indoor water use occurs in the bathroom. Toilet leaks are the most common type of leak found inside the home. Because this type of leak can be silent, it may go unnoticed. Understanding the basic mechanics of your toilet can save thousands of gallons of water per year. Check for leaks by performing a toilet dye test. L ift the tank cover, p lace a few drops of food coloring into the tank and w ait 15 minutes. I f the color appears in the toilet bowl, you have a leak.
If you have a leak, check:  
  • (A) Overflow Tube: Water should be a half-inch below the top of the tube
  • (B) Lift Chain: It should not catch on anything
  • (C) Flapper: Ensure it is seated properly
  • (D) Flush Handle: Make sure it functions properly
  • Learn more by watching this how to video  by the Salt River Project.
 
Get to Know the LWDD Board of Supervisors
An introduction to Supervisor Jeffrey P. Phipps, Sr.
Jeffrey P. Phipps, Sr.
Jeffrey P. Phipps, Sr. was elected to the Board of Supervisors in August 2014. He represents Sub-District 3, which is generally located south of Okeechobee Boulevard and north of Lantana Road, between the Florida Turnpike and Interstate 95.

Mr. Phipps has served in the financial services industry since 1970. He is currently the lead Wealth Management Advisor of The Phipps Group. Mr. Phipps holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska and earned the accredited Wealth Management Advisor designation from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Given his extensive financial management background, Mr. Phipps' focus on the Board is to ensure transparency and accountability in the management of the District's fiscal resources. During his short tenure on the Board, Supervisor Phipps has served on the District's Budget Committee and Investment Program Committee.

The District is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors. Each month through June, one board member will be featured in our newsletter providing residents the opportunity to get to know the LWDD Board. Previous issues of the newsletter can be found at www.lwdd.net/resources/videos-publications.
Water Manager's Lingo
Consumptive Use Permit (CUP): A permit issued by the South Florida Water Management District to large water users such as utilities, agriculture, golf courses or industrial users, authorizing the withdrawal of surface or ground water from the regional system for water supply.
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