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Seasonal Water & Sewer Tips: Spring

Spring Water & Sewer Tips

  • Help Our Watershed - The City's storm sewer collection system consists of over 163 miles of piping and 8,500 structures and inlets. Water and materials that enter the storm sewer are released directly into a local stream, river or pond. Cleaning and maintaining this system is vital to the ecological health of these waterways. Everyone can help by ensuring that only storm water runs through our storm sewer system. Never put chemicals or other materials into a storm drain. Follow the manufacturer's directions carefully for lawn care fertilizers and insecticides. Excess chemicals can wash into the storm sewer, which can lead to algae and other problems for fish and wildlife.
  • Look for Spring Leaks - Excess moisture in the basement can cause structural damage and even buckling in wood floors on the next level up. Look extra closely at any cracks for signs of leakage. Call a qualified professional to come make any necessary repairs. Inspect water supply lines and valves to sinks and toilets for any leaks. Repairing as soon as possible saves a lot of water costs over time and helps prevent damage to wood and floor coverings. If leaks are discovered, call a qualified professional to come repair the problems as soon as possible. When feasible, temporarily close valves that allow water to where the leak is until the necessary repairs are made.
  • Check Pipes and Drains - Leaking pipes and drains can cause severe damage to your home. Contact a qualified professional to repair the problem. Some drains and pipes can be covered with duct tape to temporarily prevent or slow further leaking until the necessary repairs are made. However, this should NEVER be considered as a permanent fix for ANY leaks.
  • Conserve Water Outdoors -Lawns really only need a small amount of water to survive, although they need a little bit more to stay green. Watch out for the water running off the grass and down the street or driveway. In the summer, 50% to 70% of the water demand is for outdoor use. If a garden hose is accidentally left on overnight, it may use twice as much water as the average family uses in a month! Also, don't water when it's windy, and eliminate weeds that compete with grass and other plants for water. Mulches will also help plants, trees and shrubs to retain moisture. Click here for tips on mulching.
  • Wash Cars Responsibly - When washing your car, use a hose nozzle that shuts off between rinses rather than letting the water run.
updated Dec 04, 2011