Summer is here and while we look forward to outdoor activities, visiting beautiful beaches and enjoying barbecues with friends and family, it’s important to be conscientious about water consumption and conservation. According to the South Farmingdale Water District (SFWD) Commissioners, July is the District’s busiest pumping month of the year, and though Long Island is not suffering from a drought, below are some helpful hints for residents to take into consideration during the dog days of summer to lower their water bills and help conserve water:
- Limit time spent on watering the lawn. The average lawn requires only two inches of water per week.
- A backflow device and locking ball valve must be installed with the installation of an underground irrigation sprinkler system.
- Hosing down driveways and sidewalks is prohibited. Use a broom instead.
- When using garden hoses, turn them off when finished.
- Repair leaky faucets in the home or outside. A dripping faucet or fixture can waste over three gallons a day…that’s over 1,095 gallons a year
Run dishwashers and washing machines only when they are fully loaded.
Important Reminder: Nassau County Ordinance prohibits lawn watering between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Even numbered addresses and non-numbered homes can water only on even numbered days; odd numbered addresses can water only on odd numbered days.
For more information and additional ideas about water conservation, click on our Conservation Tips page.