Did you know that the average person uses more than 160 gallons of water per day? Multiply that by the 44,700 people we service in the District, and it averages out to almost 7,152,000 gallons of water…PER DAY! Staggering number isn’t it?
So why all the fuss about water conservation? Like electricity, water goes through a peak demand period during heat waves, and it’s important that we all take the initiative to conserve wherever possible.
Here are a few tips and suggestions for you to consider to help conserve water this summer:
- Install a spring-loaded shutoff nozzle on each garden hose to avoid water waste.
- Always remember to check underground sprinklers, pools and spas for leaks. If you spring a leak, get it repaired immediately to avoid costly water waste.
- For gardens, make small irrigation ditches along rows of plants and flowers.
- Even-numbered addresses and non-numbered homes can water on even-numbered days; odd-numbered addresses can water on odd-numbered days. Nassau County Ordinance prohibits watering between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- A small drip from your faucet can waste more than 50 gallons of water per day, and a hole in your outdoor garden hose can waste up to hundreds of gallons of water when in use! By fixing the leak, not only will you conserve water, but save money!
South Farmingdale Water District Commissioners noted that regulations on certain water activities help in protecting our most precious resource. The request for conservation is geared toward preventing over usage of water. That translates into higher water costs for you and more energy required to meet demand. Not good for your cash flow or the environment.
So remember: Preserve, observe and conserve.
Every little bit helps if everyone participates!