May 24, 2021 -- Tips from the Seaside Water Department on conserving water this summer.
The recent Oregon Water Conditions Report released from the Oregon Water Resources Department is reporting through Exectutive Orders a state of drought emergency has been issued for some of Oregon's counties. While Clatsop County has not been listed, state officials are warning of drought conditions this summer throughout Oregon.
The Seaside Water Department would like to share some tips for outdoor water conservation:
1. Adjust your sprinklers so they are watering your lawn and garden, not the street or sidewalk.
2. Water early in the morning (before 10am) or later in the evening (after 6pm) when temperatures are cooler and evaporation is minimal.
3. Add a shut off valve to your garden hose. It will automatically shut off if released when washing your car or truck.
4. Turn your sprinkler system off when it rains.
5. Adjust your mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn provides shade to the roots and helps retain moisture.
How to find household leaks:
Toilets - Your toilet may have a silent leak, or your toilet may sporadically run without flushing. Drop a little food coloring in the tank. Wait 20 minutes without flushing. If the color appears in the bowl, you have a leak. The flapper may need to be replaced. This type of leak also helps your Wastewater Treatment by not having to process unused water.
Sinks - Check for slower leaks by noting wetness in your sink. A slow leak at just 1/4 of a gallon per hour can leak 12 gallons in a day and 4380 Gallons a year.
Check Your Water Bill - Your water bill should be consistent month to month unless you are irrigating. If your bill seems high, look at your water meter. If no one is using water in the home and your meter is indicating water is being used, you have a leak. The City of Seaside Water Department would be happy to assist you in finding your meter and showing you how to read it.
Please contact the City of Seaside Water Department or call 502-738-5112 if you have any questions or need assistance with water conservation or your water meter.