| The Town of Queen Creek partners with Water Sense and Water Use It Wisely.
In a drought-plagued desert, conservation is imperative. Does water scarcity scare you? Does it frighten you to envision your faucet one day rattling to a trickle, then a drip, then - nothing?
Arizona is not quite at the above situation - yet. The current drought we're enduring, with dry monsoons and reservoirs at only a fraction of their full capacities, will cease at some point. A wetter period will follow, then another dry one. This cycle, though its duration might change, will never end. And yet many Arizonans, and perhaps most recent arrivals, don't realize that water conservation has to be a permanent part of the desert lifestyle we all enjoy.
We can howl about artificial lakes and golf courses all we want. Though they are highly visible, they're actually a drop in the bucket compared to the aggregate waste from our own homes and businesses. The difference between a valley water shortage and water sufficiency chiefly lies in our own hands.
We respond to reports of water in our streets
Although the Town of Queen Creek currently does not have an ordinance against water wasting, the Town strongly supports and encourages residents to contact the Water Conservation office at 480-358-3455 to report significant amounts of water flowing into the street. When calling, please site the time of day the water wasting occurred and the address closest to the problem site.
Often there is a good reason why water has ended up in the street, which might have been beyond your neighbor's control. Other times it's a matter of educating your neighbor about water conservation. Either way, by reporting water waste you are doing your part towards aiding the Town in its water conservation efforts.
Tap in on conservation tips
- Turn off water when brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Take five minute showers instead of baths. A five minute shower takes 10 to 25 gallons of water.
- Check toilets periodically for leaks. To check for leaks, use a few drops of food coloring in the tank; wait 15 to 30 minutes and, if you see color in the bowl, you have a leak.
- Use low-volume shower heads or use flow restrictors.
- Check all faucets and pipes for leaks. Make sure leaks are fixed. Even a small leak wastes hundreds of gallons.
Kitchen & Laundry ideas
- Only use automatic dishwashers and clothes washers when full.
- When washing dishes by hand, do not let the tap run. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Make sure each faucet has an aerator.
- Minimize the use of kitchen sink garbage disposals; they require a lot of water to operate properly.
- When replacing old appliances such as a dishwasher or washing machine, choose the new water-saving models.
Tips for the outdoors
- Use buckets when washing vehicles.
- Uses a shut off nozzle on your hose.
- Use a broom to sweep walkways instead of the hose.
- Water lawns during the cool time of day to minimize evaporation.
- Water lawns every three days in summer and every five to seven days in winter.
- Don't forget to adjust watering timers quarterly (spring, summer, fall and winter).
- Use low-water-use and drought-tolerant trees and plants.
- Plant grass only in an area large enough to meet your needs. Xeriscape the rest with hardy and attractive desert plants. Several species of desert trees provide shade while using less water than imported shade trees from wetter climates.
- Water deeply and thoroughly every several days rather than lightly and more frequently. In summer, water early in the morning or at night to cut down on evaporation. Use far less water in winter than in summer.
- Did you know only one percent of the Earth's water is drinkable?
- One gallon of used motor oil improperly disposed of can contaminate up to one-million gallons of drinking water.
- Water-softening systems consume 15-120 gallons of water per 1,000 gallons processed.
- RO water purification systems waste 2-9 gallons of water to produce one gallon of drinking water.
- A dripping faucet or fixture can waste 3 gallons a day... a total of 1,095 gallons a year.
- A continuous leak from a hole the size of a pin head can waste up to 74,000 gallons of water in a 3-month period.
Other Water Conservation Resources
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers fun and educational environmental games for kids.
- National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides educational and fun information on weather, including hurricanes, tornadoes, lighting and floods.
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences offers informational, educational fun.
- United States Environmental Protection Agency has plenty of educational information.
- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is an excellent Web site for all family members.
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