Water Shortage Warning Issued
With temperatures reaching the high 90s – and with no rain in the forecast – OUC expects to see near-record levels of power and water use. The St. John’s River Water Management District (SJRWMD) has issued a Water Shortage Warning to encourage water conservation and ensure enough water remains available to meet demand.
Although OUC’s source of water is the Lower Floridan Aquifer (more than 1,000 feet below the surface and protected from drought), we advise our customers to be mindful of their water use – especially for outdoor irrigation – which can easily account for more than 50 percent of a home’s water usage.
SJRWMD Outdoor Irrigation Guidelines
From March through November, during Daylight Saving Time (DST):
- Odd-Numbered or No Address: Wednesday/Saturday
- Even-Numbered Address: Thursday/Sunday
- Non-Residential Address: Tuesday/Friday
From November through March, during Eastern Standard Time (EST):
- Odd-Numbered or No Address: Saturday
- Even-Numbered Address: Sunday
- Non-Residential Address: Tuesday
Remember to water only when necessary, and only before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
Additional tips keep your water usage in check include:
- Avoid washing your car unless necessary.
- Cover your pool or spa to reduce evaporation.
- Clean driveways/sidewalks with a broom instead of a hose.
- Take shorter showers – 5 minutes or less.
- Wash only full loads in dishwashers and clothes washers.
- Check for faucet or pipe leaks and make repairs promptly.
OUC’s electric demand is also approaching very high levels as air conditioners work hard to cool homes and offices. To help keep your electric bills down when the temperatures rise, OUC recommends that you:
- Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher. Each degree you raise the thermostat above 78 degrees will save 6 to 8 percent on the cooling portion of your bill.
- Replace air filters monthly or as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Use shades, drapes and blinds to keep the sun and heat out, especially on the east and west windows.
- Use ceiling fans to feel cooler, but turn them off when you leave the room.
About the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC)
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida and 14th largest municipal in the country. OUC provides electric, water, chilled water and/or lighting services to 246,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.