For many, many years I have been discussing municipal wastewater facilities, with a focus around water quality issues and how they discharge the wastewater once it is treated. The irony facing those that are complaining about the Lake Okeechobee discharges is that the DEP themselves allow the more than 2,000 permitted wastewater facilities in the state of Florida to dump partially treated wastewater (known as effluent) into our waterways and into the ground via deep well injection. More than 960 million gallons per day goes into our rivers, springs and into deep well injection that claim to be more environmentally friendly.

During the summer we get more water in Southwest Florida than we know what to do with. It’s ironic that we would ever have drought issues, given the fact that like clockwork every afternoon the thunderstorms roll in, bringing as much as several inches of water in just a few hours.

California’s governor has issued some mandatory water restrictions that we think should be common practice. Here are some great water conservation lessons from his recommendations and official executive order.

Throughout the year, but particularly during the month of April we like to take the time to remind everyone of his or her responsibility for conserving this finite natural resource. It’s important to realize that more than half of residential water use occurs outdoors. Small changes in outdoor water use could have a massive impact on the amount of water that you conserve. Here are some outdoor tips for conserving water in your yard.

While your family may have enjoyed some of the events happening throughout Southwest Florida, we want to stress the importance of living consciously every day. Septic systems and effective water management are a great start in living greener.

According to wellowner.org, groundwater is responsible for as much as 50% of the water flow for natural bodies of water throughout the United States. That’s why it’s so important to conserve both our natural waterways and groundwater resources. September 11t is Protect Your Groundwater Day and we want to provide you with some useful tips to help you conserve groundwater and raise awareness for this important cause in September.

As drought conditions disappear, it’s important to keep in mind that for septic tank owners, water efficiency should be taken in account year round. Water conservation efforts inside your home reduce the amount of wastewater processed by your septic tank outside your home.

April 22nd was Earth Day and as your Southwest Florida water management experts, we at Crews Environmental want to stress the importance of water conservation 365 days a year. April was recognized as water conservation month. As you may be aware, we’re currently experiencing drought conditions throughout Southwest Florida.

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