City Asks Residents to Conserve Water

APRIL 25, 2006 -- New Hanover County officials are asking water customers to be conservative with their faucets.

The county is required to repair a main sewer line, the Northeast Interceptor, before any new developments can be added.

Officials say it will be easier to repair if there is less water flowing through the line. They say conserving water at home will reduce the amount of flow through sewer lines.

Here are some suggestions for conserving water at home.

  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Instead, fill one sink with soapy water, the other with rinse water.
  • Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full. You could save up to 1000 gallons/month.
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Consider composting as an alternative.
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold water, and designate one glass for your drinking water to save on dishwashing time.
  • If your shower can fill a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace your showerhead with a water efficient model.
  • Inspect and repair inside and outside water faucets for leaks.
  • Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl, you have a leak that could be wasting up to 600 gallons of water/month.
  • Direct downspouts and other rain runoff towards trees and shrubs, or buy a rain barrel and save it for a sunny day. Remember it is illegal to direct rain water into a sanitary sewer or manhole.
  • Wash your car on the grass instead of pavement. This will help your lawn at the same time.
  • Use the shower instead of a bathtub and limit showers to no more than five minutes.
  • Check your water meter and water bill to track your usage.