The Water Conservation Committee was established to comply with a mandate from the Southwest Florida Water Management District in July 1993 in conjunction to the renewal of the three water use permits increasing the quantities of withdrawal. The Committee is comprised of eight (8) members, six (6) of whom are permanent; the city manager or his designee, the director of the water utility, the city engineer or consulting engineer (currently represented by the public works director), the planning director, and two (2) members of the city commission. The other two (2) members are selected by the city commission from the general public and hold staggered two-year terms. The Committee is charged with 1) developing a program to increase the public's knowledge of water conservation; 2) encouraging public support; 3) serving as a positive public relations vehicle in the community; 4) creating a school-based educational program. The Committee meets annually at the call of the chairperson, typically in January in the Commission Chambers of City Hall. The members holding the positions from the general public are not required to file an annual Statement of Financial Interests. There is no special education or training to hold a position on this board.