Water Wise Wednesday: Another Way to Tell Time

A drip a second from a leaky faucet sends five gallons of water down the drain in a day. An hour could be measured as 3,364 drips or about 3 3/4 cups of water.

According to the US Geological Survey, a typical drip is between 1/5 and 1/3 of one milliliter. Using 1/4 of a milliliter as an average, the USGS estimates that roughly 15,140 drips from a faucet equals one gallon of water.

In the end, it’s probably easier (and cheaper) to just set the clock ahead for Daylight Savings Time this Sunday.

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Waterwise Wednesday: Water $avings

Photo © Vladimir Kindrachov

“If all U.S. households installed water-saving features, water use would decrease by 30 percent, saving an estimated 5.4 billion gallons per day. This would result in dollar-volume savings of $11.3 million per day or more than $4 billion per year.” – USGS 2015 Water Census

Waterwise Wednesday: Water Business

Water conservation ranks as a “top five” priority for the next decade for 99% of business managers surveyed according to WaterUseitWisely.com.

Try these tips and see how much your business can save:

1. Learn where your company uses water – landscape, restrooms, break rooms, and create usage goals for those areas.

2. Shut off water to unused areas to eliminate waste from leaks or unmonitored use.

4. Create a goal of how much water your company can save and publish the company’s monthly water use to show progress toward those goals.

5. Educate employees on good water habits through newsletters and posters.

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Waterwise Wednesday: Ghost Apples

Another interesting winter phenomena . . .

A “Ghost Apple” occurs when freezing rain coats rotting apples before they fall, the apple turns mushy and eventually slips out, leaving the icy shell still hanging on the tree.

February 6, 2018 Ghost Apple in the Fruit Ridge area of Keith County, Michigan. Photo: Woodtv8

Waterwise Wednesday: Thanks, Ellen

Ellen Swallow Richards

Ellen Swallow Richards is more well known as the Mother of Ecology and founder Family and Consumer Science or Home Economics, but we credit her with modern municipal sewage treatment too.

In 1887, Richards and her associates conducted a water quality study of Massachusetts’ inland waters which were polluted with municipal sewage and industrial waste. This led to the to the first state water-quality standards in the nation and the first modern municipal sewage treatment plant, in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Richards served concurrently as official water analyst for the Massachusetts State Board of Health and as an instructor in MIT’s sanitation chemistry program for ten years, 1887-1897.

Photo: Science History Images

Waterwise Wednesday: Hot and Bothered

Heating water uses about 18 percent of a home’s energy consumption according to the Energy Department. Save money, energy, and frustration by employing these simple tips for hot water:

1. Lower the temperature and reduce the amount of energy required to keep the water hot. The Energy Department recommends 120 degrees.

2. Install pressure-compensating aerators on taps. These inexpensive devices regulate the volume of water that comes from the tap, reducing hot water demand.

3. Low-flow fixtures also reduce the demand for hot water.

4. Insulate hot water pipes to keep unused hot water warmer for longer.

5. Employ high-efficiency appliances. They use less water; therefore reducing the need to heat it.

Gering/Scottsbluff Recycle Calendars

Thank you, Tri-City residents for doing your part to reduce, reuse, and recycle materials with our Single Stream Recycling Programs. Here are the 2019 route schedules for Scottsbluff and Gering.

If you’d like to sign for curb side recycling please call:

  • 630-0985 in Scottsbluff
  • 436-7568 in Gering
City of Gering Single Stream Pick-up Schedule 2019
Scottsbluff Single Stream Pick-up Schedule 2019

Waterwise Wednesday: Blowing in the Wind

System 001, or Wilson, in the Pacific Ocean. Photo courtesy of the Ocean Cleanup

Wilson, the innovative giant ocean garbage collector by The Ocean Cleanup, set sail September 2018. Click here to view an update on the project.

Remember, despite Wilson’s efforts, the best way to remove plastic from water is to prevent it from entering waterways in the first place. Avoid single use plastics when possible and properly recycle or dispose of plastics that must be used.