For immediate release: May 1, 2019
Contact: Office of the City Manager
352-728-9786 x. 1100
Leesburg Water Conservation Coordinator
helps customers and the environment
LEESBURG, FL – Leesburg Water Conservation Coordinator Rachel Novak’s goal is to help residents conserve water and lower their utility bills. Novak, who started with the City in October 2018, views her primary role as an educator.
“My job is to teach residents how they can save water in and around their homes,” said Novak. “This leads to lower costs for the customer and also benefits the environment.”
Any residential Leesburg water customer can contact Novak and request an evaluation. She will perform a site visit and check items such as irrigation systems, water meters and fixtures and make recommendations to lower water needs.
“What Rachel does is an important component of our utility outreach programs,” said City Manager, Al Minner. “We are excited to have Rachel on our team and hope residents and customers contact her to help conserve our natural resources.”
Simple things such as properly adjusting the timer on an irrigation system or installing low-flow fixtures can make a big difference in water usage. Regularly checking sprinkler systems for leaks is recommended as even small leaks can waste hundreds of gallons or more each month. Updating landscaping by adding mulch and Florida friendly plants is another way to reduce water consumption. Novak also suggests that customers review utility bills on a regular basis to look for spikes in water use which could indicate an undetected leak.
Just one household making an effort to use less water has an impact according to Novak. “As each home conserves, it can really add up,” said Novak. “We found a home that was using 200,000 gallons of water each month due to a water leak they didn’t know about. By fixing that problem, just that one home will be saving over 1 million gallons a year.”
In additional to individual home assessments, Novak offers outreach programs for groups such as Home Owners Associations and schools to provide information about water conservation and the Florida aquifer. She also schedules presentations at the Leesburg Public Library.
To request a residential evaluation or group presentation email Novak at Rachel.Novak@leesburgflorida.gov. For additional information visit the City’s water conservation page at www.leesburgflorida.gov.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 21,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water and wastewater public utilities. Leesburg is also a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.