Florida Water Conservation Coordinator: Introductory Course - Course 9433

Florida Water Conservation Coordinator: Introductory Course

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  • FDEP OCP 04131029: CEUs 1.4 DS/DW/WW
  • FBPE CEHS Provider # 0004021: 14 CEHs
Coordinator Carol Hinton     email: chinton@treeo.ufl.edu     phone: (352) 392-9570 or (352) 294-3875


This course is the first in a series of eight courses that provide a body of knowledge on current water conservation topics and initiatives in the state of Florida. This introductory course is designed for individuals who would like to enhance their current skill sets of water conservation or for new or emerging individuals in the water conservation industry.

Requirements for Online Courses:

  • You should be computer literate and familiar with PC-based systems to participate in the online courses
  • Prepayment is required before you will receive log-in information, including address and password
  • You must provide an email address at time of registration/payment
  • Course must be completed within six months from your date of registration.
  • Certificate will be issued on the date you pass the final exam.

Students will:

  • Learn about the broad range of water conservation measures
  • Know where to go (the who, what, when, where, why and how) to obtain the latest water conservation information
  • Recognize the basics of changing Floridians behavior as it relates to the use of water

This course consists of five sections:

  • Section I: General issues: Who, What, When, Where, Why & How - General Issues covers the reasons why water conservation is important, the hydrological cycle, the state of Florida's aquifers, the dangers of over withdrawing from the aquifers, the state and federal regulators and their roles in water conservation, the water management districts' conservation requirements, cost sharing programs available and how to build a utility profile.
  • Section II: Outdoor Water Conservation - Outdoor Conservation covers irrigation (how much, when, how to limit and the latest technology available to limit and monitor for proper irrigation) the various tolerances of Florida grasses, the importance of soil composition and Florida-Friendly landscaping.
  • Section III: Indoor Water Conservation - Indoor Water Conservation covers how to read meters and check for leaks, the importance of date of construction of a home or facility, the existing law on water using plumbing hardware, i.e., faucets, toilets, showerheads and urinals, where to find the latest in technology, the EPA “water sense” program and where to find credible information on low water use laundry and dishwashing appliances.
  • Section IV: Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI)- Industrial Commercial and Institutional (ICI) water conservation covers the basics of ICI, how to conduct an ICI audit, water saving for cooling towers, the Water Star Program for new home developments and water savings in restaurants, Laundromats, schools, apartments, condominiums, hospitals and other businesses.
  • Section V: Administration, Reporting and Communications - Administration, Reporting and Communications discusses helpful city and country ordinances, how to keep water conservation records to make sure programs are effective, communicating the water conservation message to customers, incentive programs and how to encourage water conservation behavior changes.

Section 1 General Issues


At the completion of this section the student will be able to

  • Relate the reasons for water conservation
  • Define the Hydrological Cycle
  • Describe the dangers of over withdrawing
  • Learn the purpose of Florida’s Aquifers
  • Identify Regulatory Agencies, their Roles and Regulations
  • Define the process for building a utility profile

Section II Outdoor Water Conservation


In this section, the student will:

  • Learn the requirements and components of Irrigation
  • Identify commonly used turf grasses throughout Florida
  • Define the various soil types and their composition
  • Recognize the Nine Principles for Florida-friendlyLandscaping

Section III Indoor Water Conservation: Overview


In this section, we will cover:

  • Water-using Appliances
  • Reading Meters
  • Leaks
  • Importance of Date of Construction
  • Indoor Plumbing Requirements
  • EPA “Water Sense”
  • Toilets, Faucets & Shower Heads

Section IV Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI)

In this section, we will cover:

  • ICI Basics
  • Cooling Towers
  • Water Star Program for Developers
  • Restaurants, Laundromats, Schools, Apartments, Condos, Hospitals and Other Businesses

Section V - Overview

In this section, we will cover:

  • ICI Basics
  • Cooling Towers
  • Water Star Program for Developers
  • Restaurants, Laundromats, Schools, Apartments, Condos, Hospitals and Other Businesses