South Florida consumes a high percentage of its potable water for the irrigation of lawns. Water used for flushing waste, though less than irrigation, can also be reduced. Both of these areas can be addressed by the design team in the early stages of design. The landscape, in particular, is where important decisions can be made to ensure that native plant species are selected (which require less water than exotics) and are grouped on the landscape with species having similar irrigation needs. Other strategies such as the use of pervious paving can recharge the aquifer during rain events; while rainwater harvesting can use water captured from roofs to irrigate the landscape and offset potable water consumption. These are just a few of the tools available to a design team that includes water conservation as primary sustainable goal.