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!!

MULCH/WOOD CHIPS Free to Public

MULCH/WOOD  CHIPS – free for the taking!  Plenty of FREE wood chips available for mulch or whatever the need.  Large pile of FREE wood chips available at City’s water plant.  Call City Hall at 515-597-2561 to set up a time to get your FREE chips.  Take as much as you can haul away.

Public Drinking Water Safe to Drink

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2020

Public drinking water safe to drink

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is providing this important information about COVID-19 as it relates to public drinking water to provide clarity to the public. The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is very low. Disinfection methods used in drinking water treatment plants are effective for inactivation of coronaviruses and all other viruses. Iowans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.  The Iowa DNR recommends obtaining your potable water from your tap as much as possible to conserve bottled water for emergency situations if needed.

Stay up to date on the latest news regarding coronavirus with the World Health Organization (WHO)U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Know what to and what NOT to flush down your toilet

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reminding Iowans of the importance of flushing ONLY toilet paper and human waste down toilets to avoid disruption of sewer systems.

The Department recognizes the temporary shortage of toilet paper products during the Covid-19 outbreak, but warns items such as flushable wipes, disinfecting wipes, surface cleaning wipes, baby wipes, even though advertised as flushable, are not recommended for disposal by flushing down a toilet. Diapers, paper towels, tissues and feminine hygiene products should also not be flushed down toilets.

Even though these products may not clog your sewer system at your residence, when deposited together, in an entire community, can pose a serious risk of overwhelming a community’s sewer system. If a sewer system is clogged, it can lead to backups of sewage into residences and overflows into the environment. Additionally, it can cause pump failures and lead to several hours of repairs and expenses to city wastewater systems.

Residents are encouraged to dispose of the items in bags and dispose in the trash.

 

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