Letters to the editor - 12/13/02

December 13, 2002

Plans to conserve water

To the editor:

I am writing as a follow-up to a recent article regarding Our View (Multi-state water use plan should be a priority in 2003) that was written this past week.

The American Water Works Association was organized in 1881 to advance the knowledge of the design, construction and management of utilities. Its activities are developed through regional and state sections. Our section is called the Chesapeake Section with 1,300 water professional members in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. The diversity of membership makes the association an invaluable forum for the exchange of information and ideas.

The following Chesapeake Section American Water Works Association fact sheet contains conservation tips:

- Water suppliers in the U.S. process nearly 34 billion gallons of water each day. Domestic use accounts for 57 percent; commercial, 15 percent; industrial, 13 percent and other public use and losses, 24 percent. Less than 1 percent is utilized for thermoelectric power. (Source, United States Environmental Protection Agency)


- A three-year study by the American Water Works Association Research Foundation, which was conducted in 14 cities in the U.S. and Canada, shows that water-saving fixtures are significantly reducing residential water use.

- By employing water conservation measures such as low-flow fixtures, daily per-capita indoor water use can be cut by about 30 percent, amounting to approximately $100 per year in savings.

- Practice routine, common sense leak detection and control by "zero-reading" your water meter periodically. Check your meter before and after a half-hour (or longer) period when no water is being used. If your meter is registering water use, you have a leak.

- Don't overwater your lawn - lawns only need to be watered every five to seven days in the summer and 10 to 14 days in the winter. Use a moisture indicator to tell when your lawn needs watering. To prevent water loss from evaporation, don't water your lawn during the hottest part of the day or when it is windy.

- Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator or in the microwave instead of running water over it.

- Only run the dishwasher and clothes washer when they are fully loaded.

- When washing dishes by hand, use two basins - one for washing and one for rinsing - rather than letting the water run.

- Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Dripping faucets can waste about 2,000 gallons of water each year. Leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons per day.

- Insulate your water heater and hot water pipes. Less water will be wasted before hot water flows.

- Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks and driveways.

- If you have a swimming pool, get a cover. You'll cut the loss of water through evaporation by 90 percent.

J. Scott Shipe


Let hospital stay

To the editor:

Please James Hamill, don't take my hospital. I say my hospital because I was born there, along with my mother, brother, sister, etc. (you get the picture). I've lived here all my life, so that makes it mine. You have all the money, but deep down, the people of Washington County own the hospital.

Did you ever ask anyone what they thought? Take a vote, and I don't mean by that 12-member council of yours. I mean a real vote in the county. I know for a fact that 98 percent of your own employees don't want it out there.

Let's see, it's going to be near a school. And let's not forget about Friday and Saturday nights of cruising the Dual Highway. What happens if an ambulance gets caught in that U.S. 40 traffic and somebody doesn't make it? That doesn't really matter, does it? Because you and the board voted, didn't you?

Let's see, the rich voting to help the poor. Let's move it five miles out of town where the poor can get there easier. It's the old buddy system where the rich decide for the poor. So please, Mr. Hamill, don't take my hospital.

Joy Guessford


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