To ensure reliable water supply for Memorial Day Weekend, our water supplier, Johnston County, has asked that customers suspend the use of irrigation systems and hose-end sprinklers from Saturday, May 25th through Monday, May 27th. Carolina Water Service, Inc. of North Carolina customers are encouraged to employ voluntary water conservation due to increased demand and hot, dry weather.
Tips for Water Conservation
- Check water consumption on your monthly bills unexpected increases may result from undetected leaks.
- Regularly check your faucets, spigots, toilets, water pipes, washing machine, and dishwasher for leaks.
- Listen carefully for the sound of running water at night when no faucets or fixtures are in use. Check for wet spots from the water meter to the residence indicating a possible underground water leak.
- Toilets are one of the most common places for leaks. Check flappers at the bottom of the tank or the fill valve malfunctioning.
- Take shorter showers.
- Don’t leave water running while brushing your teeth, shaving, etc.
- When replacing used appliances check for waterless model toilets, hand and shutoff faucets and low-flow shower heads. Check the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s/Department Energy’s www.energystar.gov website for water and energy efficient models.
- Know the location of the water shut-off valve for plumbing system so that you can turn off water quickly if you have a major leak.
- Sensor shut-off devices can be used to detect a major leak in your plumbing system and turn off your water automatically even when no one is at home.
- Check outdoor spigots and hoses for leaks.
- Water lawns and plants before sunrise and after sunset.
- Use hand-held spring loaded nozzles on lawn and garden hoses.
- For irrigation systems, install automatic controls and rain sensors to prevent wasteful irrigation.
- Rain or moisture sensors can be installed on irrigation system to prevent watering during or after rainfalls.
- Choose drought-resistant, non-invasive plants for your lawn.
- Use a soaker hose, bubbler, micro spray or drip irrigation system instead of the spray irrigation, which loses more water due to evaporation.
- Purchase a rain barrel or install a cistern to reuse rainwater. (Rain barrels are available in your local region).
- Use 2 to 4 inches of mulch around trees and shrubs to conserve moisture in the soil.
- Consider drought tolerant groundcover, drought tolerant grass, or landscape with trees, shrubs and mulch.
- Cut grass to a height of at least two inches (one inch for Bermuda grass) to encourage good root growth and to help shade and retain moisture in the soil. Small grass clipping are good soil enhancers.