Another summer has come and gone, but the bills for high water use during
this past drought continue. As the hot weather stayed with
us this year, increased pumpage due to irrigation strained our capacity to
produce. Pumpage rates topped out at over 20,000 gallons per minute during our
A typical sprinkler head uses in the neighborhood of four gallons per minute.
A typical homeowner who sprinkles for thirty minutes uses 120 gallons per head
every time the system is used. A typical system with twenty heads would use 2400
gallons each time it is used. If this system were programmed for every other
day, a homeowner could easily use 144,000 gallons during a billing cycle for
sprinkling alone! If the system were used for an hour, a whopping 288,000
gallons would be used!
As drought conditions continue, homeowners allow their sprinklers to stay on
for longer and longer periods of time. The resulting water use is quite large
with the resulting higher block rate dramatically increasing the amount billed.
We urge all consumers to closely monitor their sprinkler usage. Reading the
meter before and after a typical use will give you an idea of how much water
your particular system uses.
The Water and Fire District welcomes their newly elected
Commissioner Steve Flynn
BOARD OF WATER COMMISSIONERS
Mark S. Sauvigne, Chairman
Brian J. Morris, Treasurer
Steve Flynn, Secretary
Paul J. Schrader, P.E.
Water Main Replacement ProjectAs part of our ongoing Capital Improvement Program, the District will be
installing new water mains and fire hydrants within the Pembroke
Avenue and Tobin Road areas. More information can be found
We have partnered with the EPA's
DEC Orders Lockheed Martin to immediately conduct expanded
investigation and cleanup of Unisys site following Radium detection.
Recent Results from DEC Oversight Revealed
Detections of Radium in Soil on Company Property DEC and DOH
Find Contamination Poses No Threat to Drinking Water or the Public Read
the complete press release here
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Did you know?A slow drip from a faucet can waste
15-20 gallons per day? Fix it and you can save almost 6,000 gallons per year.
Up to 100 gallons a day can be lost on toilet leak? Fix it and you save more than 30,000 gallons per year.