The PA DEP has added Union County to the list of Counties that are under a Drought Watch as of Wednesday, September 30, 2020. This watch is intended to put residents on notice that water levels are below normal levels and to encourage resident to voluntarily reduce their individual water usage by 5-10%.
Therefore, we are asking our residents to voluntarily reduce their water consumption. There are many ways to reduce water use around the house and yard, including:
- Run water only when necessary: Don’t let the faucet run while brushing your teeth or shaving. Shorten the time you let the water run to warm up before showering. Use a bucket to catch the water and reuse it to water your plants.
- Run the dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads.
- When watering your garden, be efficient and effective: Water in the evening or morning, and direct the water to the ground at the base of the plant, so you don’t waste water through evaporation.
- Water your lawn only if necessary. Apply no more than 1 inch of water per week (use an empty can to determine how long it takes to water 1 inch). Avoid watering on windy and hot days. This pattern will encourage healthier, deeper grass roots. Over-watering is wasteful, encourages fungal growth and disease, and results in shallow, compacted root systems that are more susceptible to drought.
- Re-use old water from bird baths, vases, or pet bowls to water plants.
- When mowing your lawn, set the blades to 2-3 inches high. Longer grass shades the soil, improving moisture retention. It also grows thicker and develops a deeper root system, so it can better survive drought.
- Check for household leaks. For example, a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water daily.
- Sweep your sidewalk, deck, or driveway, rather than hosing it off.
- Replace older appliances with high-efficiency, front-loading models that use about 30% less water and 40-50% less energy.
- Install low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on faucets.
Thank you for doing your part to conserve water.