Think water is in endless supply? Here are some tips to conserve.
Think water is in endless supply?  Here are some tips to conserve.

Ways to Increase Water Efficiency 

A water-efficient home and office helps minimize the amount of water used on a daily basis, conserves energy, offers an opportunity for water re-use and saves money!
Water conservation is a year-round effort, but in the hot summer months water conservation is particularly important because the amount of water used goes up dramatically.  In this month's blog we talk about ways you can minimize the amount of water wasted during normal use and other steps to make your home or office more efficient overall.
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Summertime means lots of fun in the sun.  Be sure to do your part to make it safe.

Make Water Safety a Priority

One of the greatest reasons to live in the OBX is the beach!  Here are some tips from the Red Cross to make the beach and other water activities fun and safe: 
  • Never leave a young child unattended in the water.
  • Use the buddy system!  Don't allow anyone to swim alone.  Even at a public pool.
  • If you go boating or water skiing, wear a life jacket!
  • For your pool at home, raise/remove ladders and secure the safety cover when the pool is not in use.
  • Always keep one eye on your children -- even if a lifeguard is present.

What is Backflow and Why Should I Care?

Every time we pour a glass of water from the tap, or take a shower, we assume the water is going to be clean.  
Unfortunately, situations can occur that  compromise the quality of our drinking water, such as a water main break. 
Loss of pressure due to a broken pipe, for example, may allow the backflow of pollutants or contaminants into the water system.

Preventing Contamination in the Yard & Garden

  1. Keep hoses out of soapy water, hot tubs or pools.  Water and contaminants could back up into the hose and into the plumbing system.
  2. Never use your water hose to spray lawn chemicals or pesticide.  Chemical residue inside the garden hose could potentially get into the drinking water.
If you're concerned about a cross connection between your water supply and possible contaminants, a plumbing professional can help.  Contact us today for an in-home evaluation.  
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