In the coming weeks Tel Aviv residents will receive, together with their municipal bills, a four-minute hourglass that can be attached to the shower walls. The objective: Encouraging resident to avoid taking long and wasteful showers and to save on water. This move is just the first in a series of steps the Tel Aviv Municipality will carry out in the coming months in a bid to significantly reduce the city's water consumption. The Municipality intends to set an example by installing water saving devices and "dry toilets" (which do not require water for flushing) in all of its facilities. Additionally, the city has announced a competition between the residents on saving water. The household that is found to have consumed the least amount of water per person will be granted free parking for a year – an attractive benefit worth several thousands shekels. In another front – the municipality plans to tackle the issue of garden irrigation, first by cancelling the annual planting of 800,000 seasonal flowers across the city. It will also boost enforcement of private garden irrigation regulations, and allow city inspectors to issue fines for watering gardens.