There are many things you can do to ensure a clean, reliable water source,  while saving money in the process.

  • Monitor your water usage on your water meter and water bill.
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
  • Only run the washing machine and dishwasher when you have a full load.
  • Use a low flow shower head and faucet aerators.
  • Fix leaks.
  • Install a dual flush or low flow toilet or put a conversion kit on your existing toilet.
  • Don’t over-water your lawn or water during peak periods, and install rain sensors on irrigation systems.
  • Install a rain barrel for outdoor watering.
  • Plant a rain garden for catching storm water runoff from your roof, driveway, and other hard surfaces


As the temperatures drop the risk for frozen pipes increases. Here are some tips prevent problems:

  • Keep your thermostat at 55 degrees or above, even when you are away.
  • Keep doors and windows closed and well insulated.
  • Caulk cracks to prevent cold air from entering your home.
  • Remove hoses and shut spigots from inside – drain if possible.
  • Use pipe insulation wherever possible.
  • During extreme temperatures run a trickle of water from your hot and cold faucets. The cost of the water is much less expensive than repairing broken pipes.
  • Open cabinet doors to circulate warmer room air around pipes.
  • Always keep your main service line shutoff valve clear and accessible. You may need to quickly shut the water of to minimize damage from burst piping.
  • Shut your water off at your main valve in leaving for an extended amount of time.
  • When thawing frozen lines never use open flame. Carefully us a hair dryer on the lowest setting and DO NOT get it wet.
  • Here’s a helpful video!


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