The 420,000 customers of Newport News Waterworks continue to be water-wise; Single family residential customers use about 60 gallons per person for day of water. That is about ½ the national average! We talk with our customers a lot and here are some of the things you all are doing to use water wisely.
Fixing leaks that can save hundreds of gallons of water per month
Replacing older appliances with water-efficient appliances. A top-loading clothes washer can cut water use for clothes washing by 38 to 55%!
Replacing toilets larger than 1.6 gallons per flush and older faucets can save a family of 2.6 (national average) anywhere from 11,000 to 18,000 gallons of water annually
Taking shorter showers, which can save 150 gallons per month
Using rain sensors on irrigation systems and irrigation timers so you are not over-watering the landscape
Waterworks, as a utility, is a water-wise with our own practices, including during the treatment process. Here is what we do to “walk the talk” about wise water use:
9% reduction in grassy areas around our facilities with further reductions planned
Elimination of outside watering of grass around facilities; only plant materials are watered
One of our industry’s lowest rate of “unaccounted for water” (water lost during processing and unmetered uses)
Proactive pipe replacement and meter testing program to reduce leak potential throughout our 1,700 miles of pipelines
Partner with EPA’s WaterSense Program
Recycling of water during treatment to reclaim 2 to 3 million gallons daily
Survey of older facilities to find ways to reduce water usage
Undetectable pressure reduction to the safest level that saves our system 2 to 3 million gallons daily