Our Commitment to Conservation
Like electricity, water goes through a peak demand period during heat waves. The pool needs to be topped off. Sprinklers chatter all over town. Even the dog appreciates playful time with the kids and a garden hose. These are all perfectly legitimate activities. However, we are using water faster than it can be replenished into the underground aquifers.
Fresh, potable water is Earth’s most valuable resource and despite the close proximity of salt water to our subterranean aquifer, the Port Washington Water District has kept our supply pure and plentiful. While we take great pride in delivering high-quality water, computer models predict that if we keep pumping at the current rate, two PWWD wells may become at risk for saltwater intrusion and would be forced to shut down. Reducing the ‘gallons-per-person’ used today will help protect our potable water supply in the future.
Port Washington Water District Commissioners steward an expansive water conservation plan with regulations on certain water activities to curtail this trend and protect our most precious resource. The request for conservation is geared toward preventing over-usage of water.
How We Pump Water
Water is pumped out of the ground from wells into a distribution system, which is a network of buried pipes with customer services connected to it. Also connected to the distribution system is an elevated storage tank that typically holds around a million gallons of water high in the air. The well pumps are turned on and off to keep the tank full of water and at capacity when demand calls for it.
Even a drippy facet plays an effect with water conservation. Two thirds of the water used in your household is used in the bathroom. A small drip from your faucet can waste more than 50 gallons of water per day! That translates into more cost for you and more energy required to meet demand.
So what can you do about water conservation? Look at our Ways to Save web page and find a number of helpful conservation tips and suggestions to apply at home or at your place of business. Every little bit helps if everyone participates.