Town asks residents to reduce water use

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The town of Deep River is asking residents to turn off their taps, flush less often and take shorter showers in an effort to save water going down the drain.

The town issued a public notice Tuesday afternoon noting that the Deep River Wastewater Treatment Plant is running at full capacity due to the spring run-off.

“Water conservation will help reduce the risk of the plant operating over capacity during this year’s spring melt,” the notice states.

“The Town of Deep River asks residents to assist with this matter. Here are some helpful ways that you can reduce your water consumption at home:

  • Reduce your shower time: Taking as little as 3 minutes off of your shower time will help to reduce water usage.
  • Turn off the faucet: You can conserve water and reduce the amount you are putting back into the system by turning off the faucet when you do not need water, such as while brushing your teeth, doing dishes, washing your face or cleaning. Don’t let the faucet run while cleaning vegetables. Fill a jug with water and put it in your refrigerator rather than letting the water run from the faucet to get a cold drink.
  • Dish washing machine: Delay dish washing, use a dishwasher if you have one. Running a full dishwasher will use less water than washing the same number of dishes by hand.
  • Flush less: It’s estimated that 75 percent of water used indoors is in the bathroom and a quarter of that is through toilets.
  • Check faucets and pipes for leaks: A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons. Some faucet leaks are easily spotted, but others take a little more effort to locate.”

For more information, residents can call the town office at 613-584-2000.