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As is the case with all natural resources, we have learned the importance of conserving water. It is the responsibility of each of us to take every possible precaution in conserving fresh water.​


We urge you to be mindful of taking every precaution to preserve this precious resource through some of the following tips.


  • Install low-flow faucets, shower heads, and toilets. These devices can save as much as 30 percent of water usage.

  • Repair leaking toilets. You can test your toilet for leaks by adding 10 or more drops of food coloring in the tank and checking later to see if the color appears in the bowl. If it does appear, you have a leak.

  • Repair dripping taps by replacing washers or the entire fixture with a new fixture.

  • When utilizing dishwashers, wash only when you have a full load.

  • When washing laundry, wash only when you have a full load or set the water level to your washing machine to accommodate smaller loads.

  • Check your garden hoses for leaks and replace any that do leak. Never leave garden hoses turned on.

  • Insulate hot water lines. This uses less water while you wait for hot water to arrive through your faucet.

  • Use a small cup of water while brushing teeth instead of letting the water flow the entire time you are brushing.

  • Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl.

  • Capture rainwater to water your garden with instead of always using the garden hose.

  • More details below about water conservation.

The easiest way to conserve water is to repair all leaks.

Learn more about Pennsylvania water conservation
Learn about the WaterSense Program

Winter Precautions:

  • Be sure to winterize outdoor spigots before freezing temperatures.

  • Disconnect and store garden hoses in garage or basement.

  • Set thermostats at 55 degrees or above when leaving your house for any length of time. Leave room and cabinet doors open so they are accessible to room temperature. Pipes that run along exterior walls are more likely to freeze.

  • Seal any air leaks around pipes, electrical wiring, dryer vents, etc., where cold air may enter and contribute to frozen pipes.

  • Insulate any water pipes in crawl spaces, basements, or other areas where there is not a heat source. Use only heat tape or cables approved by independent testing organizations such as Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

  • Check all areas of the house including garage, attic, bathrooms, kitchen, basement, and crawl space to make certain no hot or cold water pipes are exposed to cold temperatures.

  • Wrap your water meter in with insulation or heat tape if it is not located in a heated area.

  • Be certain to know where your master water shutoff valve is located in your house. It is usually located where the water line comes into your house from the curb.

  • If you plan to be away from home during winter months, take advantage of our service to have your water shut off at the curb until your return.

  • In the event of frozen pipes, call a licensed plumber. Never use a blowtorch or flammable materials to thaw pipes.

  • Remember that keeping your heat on and at a consistent temperature is much less costly than the damages from frozen pipes might cause.

Take safe precautions against frozen pipes during winter months!

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