We just experienced the worst drought in areas of the state in many years. It will take time to recover from this situation, even with adequate snowfall this winter. We also have an aging system struggling to meet the demands placed on it. There are 21 households who rely on, and share, the Pound Road Water system; the Board of Directors has determined that voluntary conservation steps should be implemented in order to help conserve water. If conditions in Spring 2017 do not improve and voluntary conservation measures are not adequate, the Pound Road Waterworks may recommend mandatory water restrictions. Please join your neighbors in doing what we can to help preserve our precious water resources.
Water Saving Tips Inside the Home :
- Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth, rinse with a glass of water.
- When shaving, use a sink filled with rinse water.
- Take short showers instead of baths.
- Take evening showers when demand is lower.
- Fill the sink with water to pre-rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
- Always turn taps off tightly.
- Wash only full loads in your washing machine and use the shortest cycle possible.
- Promptly repair any leaks in and around your taps and toilet.
- Use an aerator and/or a water flow-reducer attachment on your tap.
- When hand-washing dishes, do so in a partially filled sink and then rinse them using the spray attachment on your tap.
- Use an electric dishwasher only to wash full loads, and use the shortest cycle possible.
- Use either low-flow shower heads or adjustable flow-reducer devices on your shower heads.
- You can reduce water usage by 40% to 50% by installing low-flush toilets.
Water Saving Tips Outside the Home
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways, steps, and sidewalks.
- Wash the car with water from a bucket. If a hose is used, control the flow with an automatic shut off nozzle.
- Collect rain water or use re-cycled water from other uses to water plants and gardens.
- Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and cut down on weed growth.
- If you feel you must water lawns, do so only every three to five days, rather than for a short period every day.
- Water during the cool part of the day, in the morning or evening.
- Do not water on windy days.
- Do not over-water in anticipation of a shortage. Soil cannot store extra water.
Pressure Saving Tip:
Low water pressure in the morning is a result of high demand at that time of day. Switching to showering in the evening when demand is lower can help with this issue.