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.
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
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.
Did you know sediment from construction sites ranks as one of the top five surface water pollutants in the United States?
We invite you to learn the requirements and methods for protecting our waterways during active construction. This course is tailored to contractors, developers, and engineers in the Nebraska Panhandle.
For more information or to register please see the LTAP site at :
Need to keep the kids occupied while they’re home for break?
Try some of these water conservation games rounded up by Water, Use it Wisely.
Getting ready for a holiday party? Use these tips to save water while you prepare now and throughout the year.
1. Collect the cold water while you wait to shower to warm up. Use to water pets or plants.
2. Shower in 5 minutes or less – this can save up to 1000 gallons per month if you’re used to taking longer showers.
3. Shorten the shower and water waste by turning off the shower while you brush your teeth, shampoo, and/or shave.
4. Rinse wisely: If you don’t shave or brush your teeth in the shower, rinse razors or toothbrushes in the sink with a little water or in a small glass of water. Rinsing a razor under running water can waste up to 300 gallons a month.
Winter officially begins this Friday. Make sure your house is ready to prevent freezing and flooding.
1. Know where your property shut-off valve is. The faster you can turn off the water when a pipe breaks, the less water wasted, water damage, and repair costs.
2. Insulate water pipes in unheated areas. Wrap water supply lines in unheated areas with insulation tubes made of polyethylene or fiberglass. The most susceptible pipes freezes are those exposed to frigid temperatures such as outdoor hose bibs and water supply lines in unheated interior areas like basements, crawlspaces, and even kitchen cabinets.
3. Drip your faucets. Contrary to popular belief, dripping faucets during freezing temperatures can actually save you money on water by acting as inexpensive insurance. Pulling water through the entire system by turning on faucets keeps the water moving, reducing the likelihood of freezing.
4. Check for leaks after the first thaw. Winter’s temperature changes between night and day cause pipes to expand and contract. When the spring thaw occurs, weakened pipes are likely to break.
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Thanks to Ask HR Green.org for these nifty water-minded gift ideas . . .