DID YOU KNOW...
Approximately 97% of the world's water is salty or undrinkable, 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers, leaving only 1% of the world's drinking water for all of humanity's needs - agricultural, residential, manufacturing, community and personal.
Water is one of the single most important resources to all species on Earth. For this reason, the Urban Development Boundary (UDB) was created in the 1970s, the UDB is the line that keeps development from encroaching into the Everglades.
One of the many reasons for the protection of the Everglades is because it is the sole source of our drinking water, the Everglades acts as a natural filter, cleaning the water as it trickles into the Biscayne aquifer, where all municipalities in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties tap into for drinking water. To understand the Water Cycle, check out this poster.
Today, due to increased urbanization, saltwater intrusion, climate change and many other factors, our drinking water is under assault. This is why it is so important to dispose of waste carefully, especially hazardous waste such as paint, batteries, household cleaning supplies, fertilizer, auto fluids and medication. Not properly disposing of waste can contaminate our drinking water. While our water treatment plants treat our drinking water, many of our plants are incapable of handling hazardous contamination such as that which comes from improperly disposed of medication.
The City of Coral Springs is dedicated to protecting and conserving our water resources. The City participates in Broward County’s Integrated Water Resources Plan, a ten year water resource management plan which aims to ensure long-term water supply needs are met via coordination, efficiency and diversification of water for the urban and natural systems of Broward County, including the year-round water restrictions put into place by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), more information can be found on the City’s Water Restrictions page.
The City also participates in Broward County’s very successful Conservation Pays program which educates the public on conservation and also provide rebates to consumers who switch to water saving toilets, shower heads, aerators and commercial pre-rinse spray valves. Through this program, the City in partnership with Broward County has saved hundreds of millions of gallons of water and more Floridians are knowledgeable about water and conservation.
Energy Conservation and energy efficiency can lessen our reliance on fossil fuels, reduce pollution and curb climate change. Approximately ¾ of U.S. energy consumption comes from non-renewable energy, also known as fossil fuels, such as natural gas and coal. Making our buildings, cars, appliances and operations more efficient benefit all of us. Most effective, investing in renewable energy, such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower and biomass offer the benefits of fossil fuels without harming the natural environment or its inhabitants, and are a cost effective measure that will ensure balance.
The City of Coral Springs has invested in becoming more energy efficient through upgrading lighting technology to cost effective LED lights, enacted a policy of purchasing Energy Star office and computer equipment, encourages all computer users to turn off their computers and monitors when not in use and has built to green development standards when constructing City owned buildings. Fire Station 80 has Real-Time Solar Monitoring of their 36.4 kW System.
In June of 2016, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners approved a countywide property assessed clean energy (PACE) program. PACE allows property owners to receive up-front financing for qualifying improvements such as weatherization improvements, rooftop solar, energy efficient appliances and air conditioning, insulation and more. These improvements are financed via a non-ad valorem special assessment added to your property tax bill. Property owners will have to agree to program terms for financing, so be sure to shop around, educate yourself and understand how the program works to ensure you get the best deal. PACE is one avenue of many to financing improvements to your home. Home improvements could also be financed through your current bank, mortgage lender, credit union or local green bank.