As the new year unfolds, know that we are committed to supplying you with the clean, reliable water you’ve come to expect for your home and businesses. The year 2015 brought its share of challenges, from a weak winter run-off to the Provo Canyon oil spill over Thanksgiving weekend.
But it also showed our team at its strongest. Through a carefully coordinated effort, we responded to the spill with minimum impact on our water supply and wildlife.
The fact is, though, that each of us can have a major impact on the quality of our local water. Here are a few ways you can prioritize water conservation in coming months. They might seem simple, but the more people who take these steps across the district, the bigger returns we’ll all enjoy. You’ll like what it does to your water bill, too!
Keep a gallon of drinking water in the refrigerator. Not only will your family and guests always have a cold drink, but you’ll also save all the water that runs down the drain when they wait for the water to get cold at the faucet.
Fill another empty milk jug with water or sand and put it in your toilet’s water tank. It will save a gallon of water with every flush, and that can really add up.
Provide disposable cups near the sink. Then get everyone in the habit of using them when they brush their teeth, in the process saving about five gallons each time the faucet is turned off.
Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water rather than under a running faucet. When you’re done, use the water to irrigate your house plants.
Wait for a full load before running dishwashers or washing machines through a cycle. Share the loads with everyone in the household. Or, at the very least, adjust your water level to the appropriate load size.