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New Water Restrictions
It's time to shut down and winterize your irrigation system! Not only does the weather service forecast call for freezing temperatures next week, but we are under new drought watering restrictions. If you need help in winterizing your system call the office for help.
After state environmentalists studied rainfall, stream flows, lake levels in our area Gov. Sonny Perdue declared an emergency and ordered strict water restrictions. This week marks the 24th week of continuous severe drought in northwest Georgia. Outdoor watering is restricted to an odd-even schedule. Residents in even-numbered addresses can water Wednesdays and Saturdays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m., while those in odd-numbered addresses can water on Thursdays and Sundays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
Prohibited outdoor water uses include:
Washing of hard surfaces such as streets and sidewalks
Water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains
The use of fire hydrants -- except for firefighting and public safety
While we are under these restrictions it is a good idea for all of us to do our part! Here is a brief list of ways you can conserve water by modifying your everyday living habits.
Where possible and economically justifiable, install water-saving plumbing fixtures in the home.
Flush the toilet less often. In most cases, several uses can be made of the toilet for liquid wastes before flushing is required.
Do not use the toilet for disposing of trash, waste paper, and the like.
Make sure that your toilet does not leak. Place a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the colored water appears in the toilet bowl without flushing, your toilet is leaking—have it fixed immediately.
Fix leaking faucets. A 1/16-inch opening at 40 pounds of pressure will leak 970 gallons in 24 hours.
Do not let faucets run for washing or rinsing. Always fill a container with water for this purpose or use the sink by stopping the drain.
Do not water lawns or wash cars when water is in short supply. Also, try to water lawns and landscapes during evening or early morning to reduce evaporation from the sun.
Brush your teeth before shaving in the morning so the cold water in the supply line is used instead of running to waste while you wait for hot water with which to shave.
After brushing your teeth, use a glass of water to rinse your mouth rather than running water over the toothbrush and then using the toothbrush to rinse your mouth.
Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator to avoid letting water run to obtain a cold drink.
Do not prewash dishes for automatic dishwashers unless necessary.
Do not use the garbage disposal. Compost vegetable peelings on your garden or put them in the garbage can.
Take shorter showers. Remember, the longer you are in the shower, the more water you use.
Collect water from roof gutters to use for lawn and plant watering.
If your shower is equipped with a mixing faucet that can be set with a dial to the desired temperature, turn the shower off while soaping up. When you have finished soaping up, turn the shower back on to rinse off. If your shower is not equipped with a temperature dial, you may end up using more water as you adjust the water temperature again; consequently, this practice is not recommended for showers without automatic temperature adjustment or a shut-off valve in the shower head.
When shaving, use water in the washbowl to clean your razor between strokes, or use an electric razor.
Always use a brush, wash cloth, or your hand to dislodge particles of dirt when washing anything rather than relying on the force of the water to do the job.
Allow small children to bathe in the tub at the same time.
Use disposable diapers to avoid a toilet flush when rinsing a dirty diaper and to cut down on the amount of soiled laundry to be washed.
Reuse kitchen drain water by collecting it in a container and using it to water plants, lawns, and gardens or to recharge the toilet reservoir for toilet flushing (be sure it contains no large solids such as vegetable peelings).
You may not find all of these water-saving tips valuable, but some will be worthwhile. You may already be doing many of these things as part of your daily routine. However, since most of these methods of saving water involve major changes in the way you do things around the house, they are suggested for use only in emergency situations. If you feel some of these suggestions could be applied to your ordinary routines, then by all means try them.