Conservation provides many benefits. Beyond being mindful of one of our more precious resources, it helps reduce our energy usage because less pumping is required, and it puts less of a demand on our sewer and wastewater infrastructure, meaning less maintenance is required, which helps to keep rates low. Think of it…one of the most valuable water sources we collectively have is the water that is wasted, the water that goes down the drain. Everyone’s conservation efforts are crucial to limiting water and sewer rate increases.
Thanks to the efforts of our residents, over the past five years, there has been a drop in average daily water usage from 329 gallons per person per day down to less than 240 gallons per person per day.
- Family awareness—Make sure your children and other family members are aware of the need to conserve water.
- Conservation for students—Encourage your school system and local government to promote a water conservation ethic among school children and adults.
- Conservation on your job—Encourage your employer to promote water conservation at the workplace. Participate in recycling programs. Paper manufacturing is one of the top five water-consuming industries.
- Water reuse—Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden, or cleaning. Reuse fish tank water on your household plants— it makes nice fertilizer, too.
- Ask for it—Restaurants are still encouraged to serve water to customers only upon request, simply because of the large amount of water saved by avoiding washing glasses unnecessarily.
- Hazardous material disposal [link t0 0.19.6.9]—Dispose of hazardous materials properly. One quart of oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water, effectively eliminating that much water from our water supply.
- Report water waste or losses [link t0 0.19.4.4]—Report all significant water waste or losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, misdirected sprinklers, abandoned or free-flowing wells, etc.) to the City’s Water Conservation Program.
Some Web sources for more information
American Water Works Association Water Conservation
H2OHouse Water Saver Home