Water Conservation

PRESS RELEASE 5/20/2020: AUTOMATIC IN-GROUND IRRIGATION CONNECTION MORATORIUM

“On May 20th, the Cotuit Water Commission voted to impose a 90-day moratorium on new connections to the Cotuit drinking water supply for automatic, in-ground irrigation systems.  The purpose of the temporary halt is to enable the Commission to review a series of proposals and seek public input on suggestions to discourage the use of the water system for lawn irrigation.  This moratorium does not affect new hook-ups for in-home water distribution.  It also does not affect existing in-ground irrigation.  The Commission is concerned that natural water bodies, especially streams and freshwater wetlands in Cotuit, are being impacted by excessive well drawdown during the peak demand months in the summer.  (See attached primer.)  Water quality in the distribution system can also be impaired by excessive drawdown near wetlands, such as by manganese and iron infiltration.

Among the items which the Commission is exploring are a permanent ban on new irrigation connections, water-saving devices and methods for irrigation, separate metering, premium pricing, eventual disconnections, and fertigation wells.

We hope that Cotuit ratepayers will learn more about these ideas with the Commission during the three-month study period.  Please see our website and Facebook page for more information.”

See WATER CONSERVATION ADVISORY APRIL 2020 link below for more information.

Mark Robinson

Chairman, Board of Water Commissioners

WATER CONSERVATION ADVISORY APRIL 2020

How Much Water Do I Use?

In general, per capita water use ranges from 40 to 80gallons per day (gpd) in the eastern United States.

Type of Usage Per Person

  • Shower or tub 15 – 25
  • Sink 3 – 5
  • Toilet 5 – 15
  • Washing clothes 10 – 20
  • Washing dishes 5 – 10
  • Cooking 1 – 2
  • Miscellaneous 1 – 3
  • Total: 40 – 80 Gallons Per Person Per Day

Fact: 5/8 inch hose will normally discharge at a rate of about 3 to 5 gallons per minute. The use of an outside hose for 30 minutes would consume 90 to 150 gallons or double the use of water within the home during 24 hours.

Fact: Little leaks add up in a hurry. A faucet drip or invisible toilet leak that totals only twotablespoons a minute comes to 15 gallonsa day. That’s 105 gallons a week and 5,460wasted gallons of water a year!

Conservation Tips:

  • Install rain sensors on sprinkler systems
  • Water lawns in early morning
  • Don’t run the hose while washing the car
  • Check for toilet leaks (free test kits available)
  • Utilize low-flow shower heads and fixtures
  • Turn water off while brushing teeth
  • Run dishwashers and washing machines with full loads only

Gardening:

Try the concept of XeriscapeTM (pronounced zeer-ah-scape),which means “landscaping for water conservation.”

The idea is to use plants that require less water.You also can decorate creatively with interesting objects that need no water at all, such as rocks, bricks, benches, gravel, and deck areas.