Water, Water Everywhere but…

I Confess, I Have Wasted Water!

I Confess, I Have Wasted Water!

In the world of the ancient mariner, water was a priceless commodity.  Water was everywhere, but it was salt water from the sea.  We live in a world where water is used over and over again.  As a community, we have to be vigilant to protect an increasingly scarce resource.  Along the Front Range, we are constantly in or around water restrictions.  We can’t do much about that, but we can control what happens in our own homes.  Here are some great ideas from one of Denver key employers and the American Water Works Association.

Some of these ideas are already on your best practices list, but I found a few that I will be adding to my list.

Water protection at home
CH2M HILL works hard to meet regulations for clean water set by state, province and national regulators. While clean water leaves the plant and is sent through community water systems, the state of pipes in customers’ homes affects the final quality of the water.As part of Drinking Water Week, we encourage you to share these tips with customers to help ensure water quality in their homes.

  1. Clean faucets and aerators regularly.
  2. Clean and disinfect sinks and drains regularly.
  3. Keep drains clear and unclogged.
  4. Use cold water for drinking and preparing food.
  5. Replace old plumbing and install certified “lead free” fixtures.
  6. Flush cold water taps after household plumbing work or when the water hasn’t been used for several days.
  7. Drain and flush your hot water heater annually.
  8. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the water heater, filters, treatment devices, softeners and any other products attached to the water system.
  9. Do not connect hoses or other devices intended for non-drinking purposes to household drinking water faucets.
  10. Keep hazardous chemicals and unsanitary materials away from drinking water faucets.

(Tips courtesy of American Water Works Association)

Share your Drinking Water Week events with co-workers, clients and friends by submitting your stories and photos to Julie Kauffman. We’ll post them on Facebook, Twitter and in Of Mutual Interest.

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