Written by Karl Schweitzer Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00
Conserving water throughout the year is important. Conserving water during the long, high-temperature summer days is critical. Saving water lessens the strains on the water-pumping system, saves electricity, ensures a plentiful water supply for all our needs now and for future generations and, most importantly, saves you money! The Long Island Water Conference urges you to conserve water this summer, any way you can.
Water systems across Long Island are designed and constructed to meet the community’s maximum day demand plus a reserve for fire protection. However, the maximum day demands continue to increase every year, putting a strain on our groundwater wells. This may result in some areas seeing reduced water pressure and reduced fire flow protection.
As the summer months bring warmer weather, water usage can be up to 500 percent greater than that on a typical spring day, an increase that can be directly attributed to lawn irrigation. Installing a rain sensor is a must if you have an automatic irrigation system. It not only prevents over-watering, but saves you money.
After installing your rain sensors, it’s still important to be aware of your water use. Simply follow odd and even sprinkler restrictions posted by your local municipality. Don’t irrigate during the middle of the day, when the sun is at its highest point and evaporation is at its maximum.
During the summer, there are always concerns regarding increased electricity usage causing possible electricity shortages. Reducing the amount of water you use daily can drastically reduce electrical demand.
Deep well pumps are utilized to distribute water to residents and businesses across Long Island. These well pumps rely on a significant amount of electric power. High-capacity electric-pump motors provide the primary power required to draw water from the aquifer, ultimately to be delivered to homes. Efficient and wise use of the community’s precious drinking water supply will lower electric demand on your local water district and on the power system maintained by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).
Water conservation is the main priority in maintaining the reliability of our drinking water supply. Saving water helps to ensure a plentiful water supply for our future generations, and the savings you enjoy can be significant. Many of the simple actions you can take, such as using water wisely outdoors and taking shorter showers, are free and easy to do, and will save you money.