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Imagine a Day ... Without Water

Millions of Americans take water service for granted every day. We ask everyone to consider what their day would be like if they couldn’t turn on the tap and get clean drinking water, or if you flushed the toilet and wastewater didn’t go anywhere. What would that day be like?

 
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The Veins of America -

Aug 05, 2019
A stunning new map shows the complex network of rivers and streams in the contiguous United States.

Created by a geographer and GIS analyst with a ‘lifelong passion for beautiful maps,’ it highlights the massive expanse of river basins across the country.

Click to view all maps here. 

River basins

The longest river on the map is the Missouri at 4088 kilometres. 

But the biggest in terms of water volume is the Mississippi, which is deeper.

At 1114 kilometres, the Yellowstone is the longest un-dammed river in the US. 
 

The veins of America: Stunning map shows every river basin in the US 

Fix a Leak Week 2019

Mar 18, 2019
It's #FixALeakWeek! How can you find and fix common water leaks? Get started by watching this video from the EPA and reading our blog post below:



Fix a Leak! How to Find and Fix Household Leaks

Mar 07, 2019

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Did you know that an average household's plumbing leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water being wasted each year? This adds up to almost 1 trillion gallons of water being wasted annually nationwide! Easy-to-fix leaks around your house could be wasting 90 gallons of water or more, every day.

Fixing easily corrected water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills. So how do you know if your home hides costly and wasteful leaks? Here's a list of tips from the EPA.

1. Check your utility bill: Try examining your utility bill for January or February. It’s likely that a family of four has a serious leak problem if its winter water use exceeds 10,000 gallons (or 13.4 CCF) per month. You can also look for spikes - is your water use a lot higher this month than it was last month?

2. Read your water meter: Find your water meter, which is usually near the curb in front of your home but can be inside your home (e.g., in the basement) in cold climates. Use a screwdriver to remove the lid on your meter, which is heavy and usually marked “water.” Now that you’ve found the meter, take a reading during a period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same after two hours, you probably have a leak.

3. Test your toilet: Put a few drops of food coloring into the tank at the back of your toilet and let it sit for 10 minutes. If the color shows up in your bowl, you have a leak. Make sure to flush afterward to avoid staining, and consider replacing your old toilet flapper if it is torn or worn.

4. Water world: Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks. Another telltale sign of a leak is decreased or inconsistent water pressure. If you notice a problem with your faucets, call a plumber.

5. Pipe problems: The pipes that deliver your water are a common source of leaks. If you own an older home, it is more likely to have plumbing problems. Replace galvanized pipes with plastic if possible, and insulate exposed pipes and those in the attic or basement if possible. Pipes can break or crack with age, pressure, or freezing.

Leaks are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings. Adding new WaterSense labeled fixtures and other high-efficiency appliances will help further improve your home's water usage.

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Get Your FREE Water Conservation Kit from GBWC!

Nov 14, 2018

Great Basin Water Co. is pleased to offer a free Water Conservation kit to all of our single and multi-family residential customers featuring water-saving plumbing retrofit fixtures.

These kits are available at no charge to help make conserving water that much easier.

Each kit includes:

  • Two bathroom 1.0 GPM dual- thread PCA Faucet Aerator by Neoperl is WaterSense certified and can save you up to 55% water compared to using the standard 2.2 GPM aerator.
  • One kitchen 1.5 GPM kitchen Swivel Spray/ Stream dual- thread, this WaterSense certified aerator can save up to 30% water compared to using the standard 2.2 GPM aerator.
  • 2 Pack of two Toilet leak tablets

Water Conservation kit has a retail value of $ 12.50 or more.

These fixtures are available to current Great Basin Water Co. single and multi-family residential customers while supplies last and will be mailed to the service address on record.

There is a limit of one kit per service address.

Please fill out and return the "Water Conservation Kit" form below by mail, in-person drop off, or email:

Water Conservation Kit

Great Basin Water Co.
1240 E. State St., Ste. 115
Pahrump, NV 89048
Email: 
BeWaterSmart@greatbasinwaterco.com

Great Basin Water Co. staff would like to thank you for your desire to Conserve to Preserve!

Make sure you also take advantage of our rebate program by visiting our Water Conservation page
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How to #WaterWisely This Summer

Jul 23, 2018
When the temperature goes up, so does our water use. How can you water smarter and use less to irrigate your yard this summer? Here are some simple tips from the EPA WaterSense program:

  • Look for the label. WaterSense labels irrigation controllers and spray sprinkler bodies. WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers are a type of "smart" irrigation control technology that uses local weather data to tell the system when to turn on and how much to water. WaterSense labeled spray sprinkler bodies, which feature integral pressure regulation, help decrease outdoor water waste from irrigation systems where the water pressure is higher than optimal levels.  Upgrading your system with WaterSense labeled products can help you save water and money. 
  • Adjust your irrigation system often. Get to know the settings on your irrigation controller and, if you haven't upgraded to a weather-based controller, adjust its watering schedule regularly according to seasonal weather conditions. A good rule of thumb: when you adjust your thermostat due to seasonal temperature changes, adjust your irrigation controller watering schedule as well.
  • Set sprinklers to keep the water on the landscape and off the pavement. Lots of water is wasted by poorly designed and neglected sprinkler systems that spray sidewalks, driveways, and the street. Monitoring and making simple adjustments to the sprinklers saves water and reduces runoff from the landscape, helping to keep local water bodies clean.
  • Play "zone" defense. Schedule each individual zone in your irrigation system to account for the type of sprinkler, sun or shade exposure, and type of plants and soil in the specific area. The same watering schedule rarely applies to all zones in the system.
  • Check for WaterSense! A certified irrigation professional can design, install, maintain, or audit your system to ensure you're using the proper amount of water to support a healthy landscape. Ask if your irrigation contractor is certified by a WaterSense labeled program.
  • Inspect your irrigation system monthly. Check for leaks, broken or clogged heads, and other problems, or engage a certified irrigation professional to regularly check your system. Clean microirrigation filters as needed and correct obstructions in sprinkler heads that prevent them from distributing water evenly.
  • Use smart(er) technologies. Consider installing other water-saving technologies such as soil moisture-based control technologies and microirrigation to get the most out of your irrigation system.
  • Install a microirrigation system for gardens, trees, and shrubs. Microirrigation applies water slowly and directly to the plants’ roots to minimize evaporation, runoff, and loss to wind. WaterSense has two different guides available to help irrigation professionals and homeowners understand the benefits of microirrigation and provide tips on efficient irrigation system design, installation, and maintenance.

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UPDATED NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS:

Jun 04, 2018

On March 1, 2018, Great Basin Water Co. (“GBWC”) filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (“Commission”) an Application (designated as Docket No. 18-03005) requesting that the Commission approve its 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (“IRP”), for approval to designate certain system improvement projects as eligible projects for which a system improvement rate (“SIR”) may be established, and for other relief properly related thereto.  

A notice regarding the Application, which included notice of the associated SIR request, was previously mailed to all customers.  Please be aware that GBWC amended its Application on May 16, 2018. 

The amendment updated GBWC’s Water Conservation Plan to comply with Nevada Administrative Code (“NAC”) 704.567-704.5672, updated GBWC’s request for waiver to account for 10 years of historical information that is unavailable pursuant to NAC 704.5668 (e.g., IRP not previously required for Spanish Springs, etc.), and revised GBWC’s proposed tariff to extend eligibility for the water conservation rebate program to all GBWC customers.  The amendment did not adjust any of the proposed action plan projects, SIR request, or proposed rate impacts on customers.  

A copy of the Application and amendment is available for public viewing at GBWC’s division offices in Reno, Pahrump, and Spring Creek and on GBWC’s website.  A copy of the Application and amendment is also available on the Commission’s website under Docket No. 18-03005, and at the offices of the Commission located at: 1150 East William Street, Carson City, Nevada 89701 and 9075 West Diablo Drive, Suite 250, Las Vegas, Nevada 89148.  The Commission has scheduled a hearing regarding Docket No. 18-03005 on August 21-23, 2018 at 10:00 AM, at the Commission’s office in Las Vegas, Nevada, with videoconference to the Commission’s office in Carson City, Nevada.

 



Debby Woodland: Earth Day 2018 Citizen of the Year

May 31, 2018

Debby Woodland, Great Basin Water Co.'s Water Conservation Coordinator, has received the Earth Day 2018 Citizen of the Year Award from the Pahrump Nuclear Waste & Environmental Advisory Committee. She was given the award at the April 21 Arbor/Earth Day Celebration held at Discovery Park. 

She will receive her official award at the next Nye County Board of Commissioners Meeting. Debby is not only integral to the success of the Annual Earth Day event, but also donates much time and energy to many local groups.

Congratulations, Debby!

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Nevada Attorney General: Beware Utility Imposter Scams

May 01, 2018

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Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt is warning individuals and businesses of utility impostor scams. 

In these scams, a caller claims to be from the utility company and threatens to shut off a property’s supply of power, water or gas because the customer’s account is past due. These scams take advantage of a homeowner’s need to access basic utilities such as heat, air conditioning or drinking water. Similarly, the scam also takes advantage of businesses’ reliance on these same utilities to keep their customers comfortable or preserve perishable goods.

Faced with the possibility of losing access to these essential utilities, many consumers are quick to pay hundreds of dollars or more to scammers.

Find tips to avoid utility scams at the Pahrump Valley Times website.

At Great Basin Water Co., we are dedicated to protecting our customers from scams. Do not share your billing or personal data if you get an unsolicited request from a stranger. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your account, please contact Customer Service directly.


The Value of Water: West

Apr 01, 2018
 
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Click the image above to learn about our region's unique water needs. Conserving water at home promotes the value of this essential resource and saves money, too!

Download a printer-friendly version of the infographic. 

Visit the AWWA website for more information about wise water use. 

#StopScams: Do You Know How to Spot a Scam?

Mar 04, 2018
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Utility customers are targeted by criminal scammers every day. We're committed to serving our customers and keeping them safe from scams - if you suspect an e-mail or phone call is not legitimate, contact us immediately.

Know the signs of an imposter utility scam and learn more about how to protect yourself with information from Utilities United Against Scams