The Town of Morehead gets its water supply from five Wells and the daily water use for Morehead City is approximately 1,000,000 gallons per day. It is yours for the asking 24 hours a day. Water is a part of life, and water conservation is a good way of life. Let’s practice it together!
Without counting lawn watering the typical percentages of water use for a family of four will be:
Two-thirds of the water used in the home will be used in the bathroom. To help conserve water there, here are a few tips:
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Many water quality problems in the home such as lead, red water, and sand in the system are cured by flushing the water system. The City routinely flushes hydrants as part of the water system maintenance to insure the best possible water quality for its customers.
You can routinely flush lines at sinks or at outside hose bibs. To avoid losing this water, you can catch it in a container and use it for plant and garden watering, but even if you do not do this, strictly speaking, the flush water is not wasted. A true waste of water is a use that gives no benefit, like leaving water running while brushing teeth, setting your lawn sprinkler so that water lands on your driveway or road or flushing the toilet to get rid of a tissue. Flush water does benefit if it keeps lead or rusts out of your water or brings hot water to your tub. Try to use your flushed water, but if your can’t don’t feel bad because this water has served a useful purpose.
Using aerators on your faucets will help to conserve water. When mixed with water, tiny air bubbles from the aerator prevent the water from splashing too much. Because the water flow is less, often half the regular flow is needed, so in return it helps to conserve water.
Dishwashers are another way to conserve water. On the average, a dishwasher uses about 50 percent less water than the amount used when you wash and rinse by hand. But remember this is only true when dishes are not pre-rinsed and only full loads are washed in the dishwasher.
Each year, there are more than 15,000 sewer overflows in North Carolina. Sewer overflows result in property and environmental damage. Many are directly related to the improper disposal of oil and grease in kitchen drains and improper disposal; of solid wastes. Grease congeals on sewer pipes and solids cause blockages, which causes wastewater to flow back into homes and businesses or directly into WATERWAYS.
Oil and grease are primarily generated from restaurants and from residential kitchen sinks. You can help to keep the Town from having overflows and the resulting loss of sewer service and damage to WATERWAYS by the following: