The City's Conservation Program focuses on working with water customers to reduce water demand using a variety of mechanisms. Voluntary water efficiency is emphasized through educational opportunities such as presentations to civic and school groups and at large community fairs such as CenterFest, and Earth Day.
Businesses and residences are encouraged to contact Conservation Program staff to schedule Water Use Assessments, which are one-on-one educational efforts conducted upon customer request. Conservation staff review water use patterns and consumption while conducting an inspection of the customer's premises to determine if leaks exist and find other causes of excessive water use. Key benefits to customers include the possibility of reduced water/sewer bills, which can mean large annual savings especially for customers with large or numerous properties and many water using fixtures and appliances. Staff members also offer telephone consultations with tips to reduce water use.
Popular Showerhead Exchanges are held in conjunction with community events. The deluxe model water-efficient showerheads featured at the exchanges are also available year-round at City Hall for the low price of $3.00 each. Other water efficient devices are promoted at events and during presentations and assessments. Conservation Program staff retrofitted several City facilities with water-efficient devices which resulted in water savings for those facilities.
Other water efficiency strategies focus on outside water use. Conservation staff strongly support the development of "Resourceful Landscapes" i.e. landscapes that feature native and/or drought tolerant plants, use of recycled materials for compost and mulch and limited grassy areas. Brochures are available with list of plants and techniques promoting this type of landscape. To learn more about reducing the amount of water your lawn and garden needs and about the practice of "xeriscaping" or planting drought tolerant species, visit the Xeriscape North Carolina website. You can also contact the Durham Soil and Water Conservation District.
All conservation and efficiency measures are aimed at reducing water usage, decreasing the demand on our water treatment plants and extending the life of our water supplies. In the event of a drought, water shortage or other emergency, conservation staff will implement and enforce the measures listed in the City's Water Conservation Ordinance.
Most recently, Water Management Conservation staff began working with seven other water providers throughout the state to launch a nationally recognized water conservation education campaign. The Water - Use it Wisely campaign, with its colorful logo and useful tips, will be popping up in ads, brochures, and other communication tools in the future.
Please contact Conservation staff at (919) 560-4381 for general conservation matters, to schedule a Water Use Assessment, for presentations to school, civic group or garden club, to investigate a facility retrofit or to request a copy of the WaterWise Landscaping & Watering Guide brochure or any other materials.
Did you know that a steady drip from a faucet can waste up to 30 gallons a day? That’s about $10 on your bimonthly bill!
Many showerheads have flow rates of five gallons per minute or more. A 10 minute shower at this rate uses 50 gallons of water! For a four person household, that translates to $75.00 on your bi-monthly bill, not to mention energy costs for heating.
For a family of four this will save you some 200 gallons a week!
Leaking toilets throughout the U.S. waste on average 9.5 gallons per day. Audible leaks can waste hundreds of gallons each day. Many things can cause a toilet leak such as a worn or broken flapper valves, ballcocks, refill valves and valve seals. Contact your plumber if you suspect a leak, and check out our webpage containing tips on finding leaks.
|A water-wise landscape that receives no supplemental irrigation.||Drip irrigation delivers water directly to plants' roots.|
For 100 ways to save water, visit Water - Use it Wisely.
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