Marketing campaign stresses conservation
|General Water Conservation Tips|
- Check inside (running toilet, etc.) and outside or water leaks and fix them. No matter how small they will use large quantities of water.
- Avoid daytime lawn and landscape watering. Stick to the schedule and only water in the mornings and evenings.
- Avoid lawn over-watering. Adjust or replace timers, valves and controls if needed. Timers may need routine adjustiments to avoid run-off.
- Install more efficient sprinklers or drip irrigation systems.
- Water in the center of areas of grass to allow extra water to reach the edges and not the street or sidewalks.
- Plant low-water need plants in the yard.
- Check your yard sprinkler system to ensure proper coverage regularly.
- Cut laws higher and more frequently. Grass clippings or mulch will hold moisture in planters.
- Avoid over fertilizing your yard.
- Spor water individual dry areas by hand to avoid using the entire sprinkler system zone.
- Use nozzles that shut off on all hoses.
- Sweek driveways and sidewalks with a broom.
- Avoid using excessive water when washing cars, boats, campers, etc.
- Only use household appliances when full - washing machine, and dishwasher.
- Use aerators on all faucets. Install water saving toilets, shower heads and fixturess.
- Dispose of kitchen wastes in garbage, not disposal and sink. Dispose of bathroom litter in trash not toilet.
- Fill bathtubs only 1/3 or 1/2 full. Take shorter showers. Insulate hot water heater and pipes.
Price city has launched a marketing program to encourage residents to conserve water.
"We are in the third year of a substantial drought cycle in our area due to below average snowpack and low spring runoffs. This drought will affect everyone, large and small businesses as wells residents, in area one or more ways," explained Nick Tatton, community director for Price city.
Tatton launched an aggressive public relations campaign last week. The effort includes distributing brochures, working with local groups and organizations and talking with the media.
Earlier in the month, Price Mayor Joe Piccolo urged local residents to voluntarily limit outside water usage to two days per week and not to water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The effort, combined with understanding the rules of local water usage and practicing conservation measures, may help the area avoid potential restrictions, indicated Piccolo.
Price has a municipal ordinance governing all usage of culinary water, pointed out Tatton. The guideline places a set schedule to regulate water used for irrigation of landscape and other outside purposes. Restrictions are already in effect regarding outside watering on Sunday.
The restriction is necessary as the Price Canyon treatment plant plans production around the watering schedule and shuts down on Sunday for maintenance.
"This means that we all use water stored in the tanks for that day and it typically takes until the following Wednesday for production to catch up with usage," noted Tatton.
The city's schedule specifies that Price will water only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Large water uses such as the school district, care centers, College of Eastern Utah, churches and affiliations, apartments and shopping centers can only water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Tatton prepared a list of general tips to assist residents in water conservation. The suggestions include checking inside and outside water leaks, avoiding daytime lawn watering, adjusting or replacing timers and installing more efficient sprinklers.
A complete list of the conservation recommendations may be accessed on the newspaper's web page at www.sunad.com.