ECUA Celebrates Drinking Water Week, May 1-7, 2011

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, in partnership with the American Water Works Association, is kicking off Drinking Water Week, a celebration across North America of our most precious natural resource, with ten easy ways to conserve water this summer.   Drinking Water Week is May 1 to 7, 2011.

Water users can play a key role in ensuring the sustainability of our water supply, especially as the summer approaches. Households can reduce water use by about 35 percent by employing conservation and water efficiency measures, like these:

1.         Don’t leave the water running while you brush your teeth.

2.         Fully load the dishwasher and clothes washer before starting the cycle.

3.         When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run.

4.         Repair drippy faucets and leaky toilets. Dripping faucets can waste up to 2,000 gallons of water each year in the average home. Leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons per day. 

5.         Install water-efficient appliances in your home. Look for EPA WaterSense labels.

6.         Don't over-water your lawn, and follow the suggested ECUA watering schedule.

7.         When the driveway or sidewalk needs cleaning, use a broom instead of a hose. This can save you up to 80 gallons of water.

8.         If you have a swimming pool, use a cover to avoid losing water by evaporation.

9.         Help preserve the quality of the available water supply by proper use of pesticides and fertilizers, avoiding flushing medications down the toilet or sink, and dispose of hazardous materials properly.

10.       Place rain barrels beneath downspouts. The rainwater can be used to water outdoor plants or trees.

“Drinking Water Week is a good time to reflect on how blessed we are to have a high-quality, plentiful supply of potable water from the Sand-and-Gravel Aquifer.  Of course, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t conserve each and every drop that we possibly can,” said Elvin McCorvey, ECUA Board Chairman.  “We must ensure that there is still a plentiful supply of water for our children to enjoy in the coming years, and remember not to take it for granted.”