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Westchester Joint Water Works Asks Residents and Office Customers to Check Their Irrigation Systems, Use Water Wisely and “Fix a Leak”
Westchester Joint Water Works (WJWW), as well as the Town of Harrison, The Town of Mamaroneck and the Village of Mamaroneck are again encouraging their residents and commercial customers to check their irrigation systems, use water wisely and look for and fix any leaks in homes and office buildings. Below are simple facts that homeowners should be aware of regarding irrigation systems and leaks in household fixtures.
All WJWW customers with irrigation systems are reminded of the following:
The Facts on Leaks:
- The system requires approval from WJWW and must be installed by a qualified contractor and needs to have a backflow prevention device.
- The system must be properly winterized in the fall before the onset of cold-freezing weather.
- The system and the backflow device must be properly tested for leaks before the start of the irrigation season; and
- The systems should have its own sub-meter to help determine how much water is actually used for irrigation.
- An irrigation system should be checked each spring before use to make sure it was not damaged by frost or freezing.
- An irrigation system with pressure set at 60 pounds per square inch that has a leak 1/32nd of an inch in diameter (about the thickness of a pen point) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month.
- To ensure that your in-ground irrigation system is not leaking water, consult with an irrigation specialist who has passed a certification program focused on water efficiency.
- Check your garden hose for leaks at its connection to the spigot. If it leaks while you run your hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.
- Leaks can account for, on average, 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year, which is enough to fill a backyard swimming pool.
- The amount of water leaked from U.S. homes could exceed more than 1 trillion gallons per year. That's equivalent to the annual water use of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami combined.
- Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
- Common types of leaks found in the home include leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. All are easily correctable.
- Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners more than 10 percent on their water bills.
- Keep your home leak-free by repairing dripping faucets, toilet valves, and showerheads. In most cases, fixture replacement parts don't require a major investment and can be installed by do-it-yourselfers.
- The vast majority of leaks can be eliminated after retrofitting a household with new fixtures and other high-efficiency appliances.
Faucets and Showerheads:
- A good method to check for leaks is to examine your winter water usage. It's likely that a family of four has a serious leak problem if its winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month.
- Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.
- One way to find out if you have a toilet leak is to place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl within 15 minutes without flushing, you have a leak. Make sure to flush immediately after this experiment to avoid staining the tank.
- A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.
- Leaky faucets can be reduced by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary.
- A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That's enough water to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher.
- Most leaky showerheads can be fixed by ensuring a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench.
For more information visit www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak.
- If your toilet is running constantly, you could be wasting 200 gallons of water or more every day.
- If your toilet is leaking, the cause is most often an old, faulty toilet flapper. Over time, this inexpensive rubber part decays, or minerals build up on it. It's usually best to replace the whole rubber flapper—a relatively easy, inexpensive do-it-yourself project that pays for itself in no time.
- If a family of four replaces its older, inefficient toilets with new one, it could save more than 16,000 gallons per year. Retrofitting the house could save the family approximately $2,000 in water and wastewater bills over the lifetime of the toilets.
PROTECTING OUR PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY …
Due to the potential for contamination of the public water supply system, please be advised that Federal, State and WJWW regulations require that you have a certified and tested backflow prevention device(s) in place if you currently have or plan to install systems/devices, in your home or on your property, including but not limited to the following: lawn/garden irrigation system, fire suppression system, fire hydrant, swimming pool, fountain, private well.
To comply with current regulations, the backflow prevention device(s) must be:
- Approved by WJWW for water services of any size with additional approval from the Westchester County Department of Health for water services of greater than 2 inches in size;
- Inspected by WJWW for water services of 2 inches and less;
- Inspected by design engineer for water services greater than 2 inches;
- Tested successfully by a certified backflow tester within the past 12 months (Backflow devices must be tested annually and the results submitted to WJWW
If you as a residential customer are unsure as to whether your property is in compliance with this regulation, please contact WJWW as soon as possible to have your situation assessed so as to avoid potential liability, violations and penalties.
Commercial/Industrial/Institutional customers please take note that backflow prevention is always required and regulations pertaining to your facilities/processes can involve many more factors, so please contact the WJWW with any questions regarding your particular situation.
PLEASE REMEMBER …
- To conserve water whenever possible;
- Report water main breaks and other water system related emergencies immediately by calling 914-698-3500 or 914-424-4371 (after hours on weekdays, on weekends and on holidays).
- If as the result of a water main break, water main/service line work or re-routing of water, you experience discolored water:
- Run cold water on the lowest level of your home for several minutes until the condition clears;
- If the discoloration does not clear, wait several minutes and repeat the process;
- Most importantly, do not run hot water or do laundry while the discoloration is present.
The Westchester Joint Water Works Board of Trustees Meeting
is scheduled for:
DATE: May 21, 2013
TIME: 4:00 pm
LOCATION: Westchester Joint Water Works
1625 Mamaroneck Avenue
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
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Town/Village of Harrison and portions of the City of New Rochelle and the City of Rye.
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