Creating a Safe and Abundant Water Supply May 24, 2022

Clean water is the world’s most precious commodity. According to World Health Organization estimates as of June 2019, 785 million people lacked even a basic drinking-water service, including 144 million people who are dependent on surface water.

Building, plumbing and green codes help guard our potable water for future generations through proper construction, conservation and safe disposal. Code officials are vigilant protectors of our water supply. Because of their dedicated service, you can turn on the tap in your home and draw sufficient, clean water.

It is important to understand where your water comes from and what's being done (and how you can help!) to protect the water you use every day.

Water Conservation and Reuse Strategies

Water conservation and efficiency has become increasingly important in recent years due to water scarcity, droughts, and water contamination in many areas of the world. Right now, global and regional agencies are working together to address water shortages and water pollution, but they need support. While the world water crisis is certainly daunting, there are things we can all do to help.

Tips for Conserving Water at Home

  1. Don’t flush trash down the toilet. Five to seven gallons of water are wasted every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue or other small bit of trash.
  2. Check your toilets, faucets and pipes for leaks regularly.
  3. Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators.
  4. Use your water meter to check for hidden water leaks.
  5. Insulate your water pipes.
  6. Take shorter showers. The recommended time is 5 minutes.
  7. Don’t run the water while brushing your teeth.
  8. Only wash clothes and run the dishwasher when there is a full load.
  9. Don’t leave the water running when washing dishes by hand