City Eases Emergency Water Conservation

Huxley Residents:

Your teamwork with us on water conservation efforts the last several weeks has been much appreciated! Community water usage and water production at the treatment plant have been stable and balanced. We’ve been watching the weather conditions closely to see when we could consider easing the conservation order.

On August 25th, City Council acted to ease the current conservation order on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning August 31.

What does this mean?

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, residents are able to use water as they did before the conservation order went into effect. Irrigation, gardening, trees, plants, sprinklers for the kids and pools can all occur.

These days were chosen to try to ease us back to more “normal” water usage and provide Tuesdays and Thursdays and weekends for recovery at the plant.

Will the conservation order go back into effect again?

It could, yes. If the volume of community water usage again exceeds the ability to produce necessary levels at the plant and keep water in the tower for emergencies, the order would go back into place until things are safe again. Our recommendation is to proceed with water usage with conservation

What if I have questions?

Call City Hall at 515-597-2561

Thanks!

 

Tips for Water Conservation

What is Water Conservation?  Water conservation is the practice of using water efficiently to reduce unnecessry water usage.  Water conservation is important because fresh, clean water is a limited resource, as well as a costly one.  Water conservation is more important than ever.  Below are a few tips to reduce your water footprint:

1)  Use the right amount of water for each load of laundry. Typically 15-40 percent of  indoor home water use comes from doing laundry.
2)  Water plants wisely. Water your lawn or garden in the morning or late in the evening so the water lasts and is not immediately evaporated by the hot sun.
3)  Install a low-flow showerhead.  With a low-flow showerhead, you  can save 15 gallons of water during a 10 minute shower.
4)  Check for and repair leaks.  An average of 10,000 gallons of water is wasted every year due to household leaks.
5)  Use a dishwasher.  Dishwashing accounts for less than 2 percent of indoor water use, but using a machine is actually more water efficient than hand washing,especially if your run full loads.
6)  TURN OFF THE WATER.  Teach your whole household to turn off the faucet while brushing teeth or shaving.  Every little bit of conservation helps!
7)  Defrost food in the refrigerator instead of running frozen foods under hot water from the faucet.

8)  One of  the best water conservation tips out there, with possibly the largest impact, is a simple one:  take showers instead of baths.  Baths may be relaxing and enjoyable, but it takes more than 78 gallons of water to fill a tub.  Showers are a more water efficient way to bathe.

The City of Huxley urges residents to do their best to help conserve water.  Every drop counts!!