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  • Jan. 7 – Watson Of Westport here to give you the 1st of 16 weekly water conservation tips. WOW’s goal is to reduce the amount of clean water running through the pipes to the waste water system by 10% by the end of 2017.   Did you know the average Canadian uses 329 litres of water per day?  Most people think they only use 132 litres per day! WOW – that is quite a difference.  Watson’s tip of the week is to turn the water off while brushing your teeth. If you think about it, running the water for 1 minute equates to 6 litres of water.  If a family of four each brushed their teeth twice/day and left the water running for an average of 1 minute, that is 48 litres of clean water being processed each day through the Westport water treatment plant. If we could cut that in half, that family of 4 could eliminate 8,760 litres of clean water/yr being processed. Watson says, come on Westport, do your part in our fight to conserve water.  Until next week, remember to think water conservation.
  • Jan 14 – Hello Watson here again with another important tip on reducing the clean water being treated at the Westport waste water treatment facility. Did you know that 192 gallons a month of clean water is wasted from a dripping faucet and up to 500 gallons a day from a leaking toilet?  These are usually easy and not too expensive for the home and business owner to repair on their own.    A new dual flush toilet from your local hardware store starts at $135 or you might just need to replace a flush valve for a few dollars.  A leaky faucet might only need a new washer for less than $1.  WOW!  The volume of clean water that is unnecessarily treated at the Westport waste water treatment facility from these 2 scenarios is astonishing.  Please check that your faucets and toilets are working properly as WATSON is striving for that 10% reduction in processing of clean water by 2017.  Until next week, WATSON says, remember to think water conservation.
  • Jan 21 – Hello, WATSON here once again with his 3rd important installment of tips to reduce clean water being treated at the Westport waste water treatment facility. WATSON’s important tip this week is getting to know your toilet.  Did you know every time you flush a toilet, you can use over 3-5 gallons of water?  Low flush toilets use approximately 2.5 gallons.  Consider this –  by changing over to a low flush toilet, a family flushing approximately 20 times can save at least 50 gallons of water a day. WOW.  WATSON also says, do not use your toilet as an ashtray or garbage disposal.  Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue or other small bits of trash, 3-5 gallons of clean water is being processed through the Westport treatment facility. WOW.  Also be sure your toilet tank is at proper water level so that it will flush properly.  If there is not enough water to get a proper flush, users will hold the lever down too long, or do multiple flushes to get rid of waste.  WATSON also recommends checking for leaks in your toilet by adding food colouring in your tank.  Without flushing, check the bowl of the toilet within 30 minutes.  If there is food colouring in the water, you have a leak.  This might just be a simple fix by replacing the toilet flapper or it may be time to change to a new low flush toilet.  Until next week, WATSON says, remember to think water conservation.
  • Jan 28 – Hello again, WATSON here with yet another important tip on reducing the clean water being treated at the Westport waste water treatment facility. Lets talk about how to save water with your dishwasher and clothes washer. Automatic dishwashers and clothes washers should be fully loaded for optimum water conservation.  Most makers of dishwashing soap and the manufacturers of the newer efficient dishwashers recommend not pre-rinsing dishes.  This is a huge water savings. WOW. With clothes washers, avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses an added 20 litres (WOW) for the extra rinse.  For partial loads, adjust water levels on your machine to match the size of the load.  Consider replacing your old washer with a New Energy Star rated washer which uses 35-50% less water and 50% less energy per load, WOW.  Also consider buying a water saving front load washer.  Until next week, WATSON says, think water conservation.
  • Feb. 4 – Hello again, WATSON here with yet another important tip on reducing the clean water being treated at the Westport waste water treatment facility. Lets talk how to conserve water when washing dishes without an automatic dishwasher. When washing dishes by hand, do not leave the water running for rinsing. If you have a double-basin sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a sink full of hot water. Dual-swivel aerators are available at your local hardware store for approximately $5 to make this task easier, WOW. Also when cleaning vegetables, just rinse them in a stoppered sink or a pan of clean water.  Remember each minute you run the tap equates to 6 litres of water, WOW.  Until next week, WATSON says, remember to think water conservation.
  • Feb 11 – Hello Westport, WATSON here again with yet another important water saving tip to reduce clean water being treated at the Westport waste water treatment facility. Keep a jug of drinking water in the fridge. Remember, running the tap for one minute just to get the water cold enough for that one glass equates to 6 litres of clean water to process through the treatment facility, WOW.  Also consider making ice cubes which takes a lot less water than running the tap. When storing water in fridge, do not re-use a plastic water bottle, consider using a proper store bought jug for juices, etc.  Until next week, WATSON says, remember to think water conservation.
  • Feb. 18 – Hello again Westport, WATSON here with yet another important water saving and environmental tip. This one is geared to proper disposal of pharmaceuticals.  Although test results in Westport have shown no issues of pharmaceuticals in drinking water, however we still must be diligent in maintaining the environment. This tip recommends the proper protocols for the safe disposal of pharmaceuticals and prevents using unnecessary water to dispose of them. WATSON strongly urges everyone not to flush prescriptions down the toilet or put them in the garbage.   There are “take back” programs in place that ensure the safe disposal of pharmaceuticals.  You can return your unused and expired medications to any pharmacy in Canada any day of the year. For free!  Remember flushing prescriptions down the toilet can be bad for the environment and it also uses 3-5 gallons of clean water on each flush, WOW.  If you would like more information on this subject, visit the Government Of Canada website under “Safe Disposal Of Prescription Drugs”.  Until next week, WATSON says, remember water conservation and your environment.
  • Feb. 25 – Hello Westport, WATSON here again with yet another important water saving tip to reduce clean water being treated at the Westport waste water treatment facility. Taking a shower uses much less water than filling up a bathtub.  A shower only uses 10-25 gallons while a bathtub takes up to 70 gallons, WOW. If you do take a bath, be sure to plug the drain right away and adjust the temperature as you fill the tub.  Until next week, WATSON says, remember to think water conservation.
  • March 3 – Hello Westport, WATSON here again with yet another important water saving tip to reduce clean water being treated at the Westport waste water treatment facility. Insulate your water pipes.  It is easy and inexpensive to insulate your water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe sleeves that are available at your local hardware store.  By doing this, you will get hot water faster which avoids wasting water while waiting for it to heat up at the tap.  Remember each minute you run the tap equates to 6 litres of clean water unnecessarily being treated, WOW. Until next week, WATSON says, remember to think water conservation.
  • March 10 – Hello Westport, WATSON here again with yet another important water saving tip to reduce clean water being treated at the Westport waste water treatment facility. When buying low-flow aerators, be sure to read the label for the actual “GPM” (gallons per minute) rating.  Often retailers promote “low-flow” which are rated 2.5 GPM which is at the top of the low-flow spectrum.  This is perfect for the kitchen sink and a 1.5 GPM aerator works well for the bathroom sink.  Finally, WATSON says, installing aerators, shower-heads, and other water saving devices is an easy installation in most cases by the home-owner. WATSON also stresses that saving water should become everyday family practice.  Until next week, WATSON says, remember to think water conservation.
  • March 17 – Hello Westport, WATSON here again with yet another important message to reduce clean water being treated at the Westport waste water treatment facility. There is little frost in the ground this winter so the run off that normally begins with warmer spring temperatures is well under way. WATSON stresses sump pumps that drain into sanitary sewers are illegal and contrary to the Village of Westport Municipal bylaw. The liquid from the sump pump belongs in storm sewers or on the surface of the ground, and not in the sanitary sewers.  When clear water gets into the sanitary sewers, it must be moved and treated like sanitary waste. This is expensive to treat and limits the capacity of the lagoon for their intended use.  An eight-inch sanitary sewer can handle domestic wastewater flow from up to 200 homes, but only eight sump pumps, operating at full capacity will overload this same eight-inch line. Think of it this way – each and every illegal sump pump has a significant, negative impact on the sanitary system.  WATSON is here doing his part to educate everyone to achieve the goal of reducing the volume of water being treated by 10% in 2017, WOW.  Now it is up to you to help us achieve our goal.  Until next week, WATSON says, remember to think water conservation.
  • March 24 – Hello Westport, WATSON here again with yet another important message to reduce clean water being treated at the Westport waste water treatment facility.  Most residents will be starting dehumidifiers soon to rid their basements of moisture and musty smell.  WATSON asks, “Did you know that a dehumidifier being used during spring and summer will remove 10-16 litres of water per day?”  Just imagine if 100 houses dumped that water down the sink or in the toilet? This would equate to at least 1,000 litres of clear water being treated unnecessarily each day. WOW.  WATSON’S message here is to NOT put that water down your sink or toilet.  You can dump it outside, or drain it into your sump pump hole if it drains properly to the outside.  You can also use it to water indoor and outdoor plants. Until next week, WATSON says, remember to think water conservation.
  • March 31 – Hello Westport, WATSON here again with yet another important message to reduce clean water being treated at the Westport waste water treatment facility.  We all know doing loads of laundry can be a tedious chore. An average family can do 2-3 loads per week on towels alone, if using a new towel  each day.  Reduce the number of loads by reusing that same towel at least 1 to 2 more days.  You could reduce your wash loads, saving water, detergent and energy, WOW.  Until next week, WATSON says, remember to think water conservation.
  • April 7 – Hello Westport, WATSON here again with a fun message to parents and teachers to pass on to your children on the importance to reduce clean water being treated at the Westport waste water treatment facility. For parents, promote the messages that Watson has provided over the last couple of months to your children.  For example, show them that it is easy to turn that faucet off tightly, ensuring it does not drip afterwards.  For teachers, encourage discussion on water conservation with your students so that they fully understand the importance and promote it at home with their parents, WOW.  WATSON says that we can all learn and teach each other that water conservation is an important topic we all need to full understand and practice. Until next week, WATSON says, remember to think water conservation.
  • April 14 – Hello Westport, WATSON here again recapping an important water saving tip to reduce clean water being treated at the Westport waste water treatment facility. Since conventional toilets use 5 to 7 gallons on each flush, WATSON strongly urges you consider changing over to a low flush toilet which uses as little as 1.6 gallons, WOW. Since the average person flushes 5 times a day, the gallons can really add up.  If you cannot replace your higher volume toilet, place a plastic bottle filled with water in the toilet tank to reduce the amount of water per flush.  WATSON also would like to remind you not to flush things down the toilet just to dispose of them.  Throw your tissues and other bathroom waste in the garbage can which does not require gallons of water.  Also, if it is yellow, let it mellow.  If you are grossed out by the yellow, just put the lid down.  Until next week, WATSON says, remember to think water conservation.
  • April 21 – Hello again, WATSON here thanking the fine residents of Westport for embracing my important tips on reducing the clean water being treated at the Westport waste water treatment facility. We are all working towards a goal of reducing 10% of clean water being processed by 2017, which was announced by your Westport Council.  WATSON truly believes that the information that he has been providing over the last 15 weeks is crucial and beneficial in achieving those goals, WOW.  If you would like to check out all the previous tips, Watson is working with the Village to have them all put on the Westport internet site.  WATSON enjoyed his time in Westport and would like to leave you with the phrase we should all remember, “think water conservation”.