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Landscaping Tips

Spring has arrived and most of us are starting to landscape.  Choosing the right plants, keeping the soil healthy, and proper maintenance are all important ways to having a water-smart landscape.

EPA WaterSense has put together a great webpage for tips, including a list of native or regionally-appropriate plants. Please follow this link



Water Conservation for Kids

We have a new link to share with you that was suggested by a local Girl Scout group! They take great pride in helping all live in a happier and healthier planet. During their recent water conservation research they found our website to be very helpful as well as the one below. 

Please click here to check it out! 

We have also added a link to our water conservation page


Fall Water Conservation Tips


Water use usually slows down during this season, but there are still ways to conserve. Here are just a few ideas: 

  • Watering lawns, outdoor plants and other landscaping could be reduced because the sun's intensity has decreased. 

  • Change the settings on your irrigation system. This goes along with the first tip, but still a good reminder.  

  • Planting now requires less water for your new plants. Lower temps won't deter them from healthy growth. By spring they'll be perfect! 

  • Make Fall a time to check for leaks. We just did at our Utility District and found one in our maintenance building! It was a small drip, but left un-noticed creates more water loss than you think. 


Bathroom Water Use 

Great reminders and tips from EPA WaterSense below!


Bathrooms are by far the largest water users in the home, accounting for 60 percent of all indoor water use. Whether you are making simple fixes with your fixtures or tackling a bigger remodeling project, a better bathroom that saves water in style is closer than you think!

There are more than 24,000 WaterSense labeled models of bathroom fixtures available in a wide variety of styles, colors, and price points to help you create your dream bathroom that also saves water, energy, and money. These fixtures include tank-type toilets, showerheads, sink faucets, faucet accessories, and even flushing urinals for residential bathrooms. A bathroom remodel that replaces older, inefficient bathroom fixtures with WaterSense labeled models provides water savings and satisfaction, since WaterSense labeled products are independently certified to use at least 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

Not ready for a full remodel? Dip a foot in the water with these simple “bath hacks” that result in serious savings:

Flip that flapper. Most people don’t realize that the rubber flapper in their toilet tank wears out over time and can cause water to be wasted down the drain. Replace that old flapper for a few dollars and put an end to silent toilet leaks.

  • Put a little air in your flow. WaterSense labeled faucet aerators reduce water use in your bathroom sink by 30 percent without a noticeable difference in flow. If your sink already has an aerator, it might be time to change it out for a new, labeled model.

  • Swap out a showerhead. WaterSense labeled showerheads are not only independently certified for spray force and flow, they save water and energy used to heat the water. You’ll clean up every time you wash up!

Learn more to get your better bathroom.      



Sprinkler Spruce-Up


 When it comes to a home's irrigation system, a little maintenance goes a long way. Homes with clock timer controlled irrigation systems use about 50 percent more water outdoors than homes without irrigation systems. Your system can waste even more if it’s programmed incorrectly, a sprinkler head is pointed in the wrong direction, or you have a leak. Before you ramp up your watering efforts, spruce up your irrigation system by remembering four simple steps: inspect, connect, direct, and select.

  • Inspect. Check your system for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads. Better yet, go with a pro—find an irrigation professional certified by a WaterSense labeled program to do the work for you.

  • Connect. Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes or hoses. If water pools in your landscape or you have large wet areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak about as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (or 1/32nd of an inch) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month!

  • Direct. Make sure to direct your sprinklers so that they apply water only to the landscape—not the driveway, house, or sidewalk.

  • Select. An improperly scheduled irrigation controller can waste water and money. Update your system’s watering schedule to align with the seasons, or select a WaterSense labeled weather based irrigation controller to take the guesswork out of scheduling.

2017 Water Quality Report

The District's 2017 Water Quality Report is now available.  You may view a copy of our report HERE.  Please contact our office at 615-628-0237 if you would like to receive a paper copy of the 2017 report.  We will be happy to mail one to you at no charge, or you can stop by our office and pick one up.  The State of Tennessee and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) require water systems to test and report on a regular basis to ensure safety and quality. 



  Drip Calculator

Do you have a leaky faucet? Ever wonder how much water is actually being lost?  You would be surprised at how much water (and money) you could be saving. has a great tool for calculating water loss.  Keep this drip calculator link handy for the future!

We will also be posting this link on our water conservation page


Backflow Testing Rate Change 

 Mallory Valley Utility District performs the annual backflow testing in our District.  Beginning January 1, 2017 there will be a price change to our testing fee as described below:

 Testing for commercial customers is scheduled to begin in January 2017.  Testing for residential irrigation customers is scheduled to begin in May 2017.  Due to the rising cost and demand on the District, the new testing fee will be $60.00 per test per device.

 Should you have any questions concerning this, please do not hesitate to call our Maintenance Coordinator, Marcella Waterston at (615)628-0237.



New Helpful Link!

We have added a new link to our Water Conservation page. It's called Home Water Conservation Guide and offers some other great tips. Check it out!


Home Water Audit

"Saving water is easy when you think about it. Here’s a fun and easy way to see how water–wise you are around your home. Click on the button that describes your water use habits, then click Calculate Score to see how you’re doing. It might surprise you just how easy it is to save water – and money – around your home."- Water Use It Wisely

Click here to complete your home audit! 



"When it comes to conserving water, small adjustments can have a big impact."

Click the icon below to view several ways to conserve water. 

More information can be found at



About Cumberland River Copmpact- 

"Since 1997, the Cumberland River Compact and its members have worked to improve the quality of water in the Cumberland River Basin, and in doing so, to improve the quality of life of our basin’s communities. There’s still much to be done, but we intend to do it!

We believe that water quality and a healthy environment are fundamental to sustainable, strong local economies. Since our founding, we’ve worked cooperatively with local, state and federal agencies, farmers, businesses, technical professionals, local officials, neighborhood groups, and other watershed stakeholders who share this belief. All to ensure clean and abundant water sources that support, life, recreation, and economic well-being throughout the Basin.

Water has always been and will always be our lifeline. It nourishes and feeds us and transports our commodities. It defines our cultural heritage. It allows us to teach our children the joy of fishing, swimming, and exploration. In the Cumberland River Basin, our water is also home to some of the most diverse, and incredible communities of freshwater plants and animals on Earth.

There are many ways to make a meaningful impactTake a look at our GET INVOLVED pages for ways to become a memberdonatevolunteer, or more. Together, we will make a difference!" 

Information obtained from Please visit their website for more useful information and great public events!

Rain Barrels-

Rain barrels collect and store rainwater.  Just think of the money you could save by using collected rainwater for your plants and gardens!

The Cumberland River Compact have rain barrels available for only $40! Or you can visit their website for instructions on how to build one. Please click here for more information. 

We think that they are so useful that we bought one for our office.  We decided to spruce ours up a bit...






Please also remember to check out our Water Conservation page on our website. A new helpful link has been added! 




 District staff and local fire departments periodically and routinely flush hydrants throughout the District as a part of routine maintenance.  The hydrants are flushed to maintain water quality. However, this process could stir sediment and cause temporary discoloration of your drinking water.  If you experience any water quality issues such as cloudy or dirty water, we would recommend that you run your faucets for at least a few minutes to clear your service line. There is no known harmful effect on health due to discolored water from flushing. 



Your home and/or business should be equipped with a Pressure Reducer Valve. 
To learn more about Pressure Reducer Valves, click here.





Cross connection is the undesirable reversal of water from its intended direction in any plumbing or pipeline system. A backflow prevention device that is properly installed, tested and maintained can reliably prevent the backflow of water of an unknown quality from flowing back into the community’s water system.

The State of Tennessee requires a backflow device to be installed and tested annually for all commercial buildings with domestic, fire and/or irrigation systems and also on irrigation systems for residential homes.  A uniformed member of our staff will test your backflow device(s) each year.  Whether commercial or residential, the cost per device and visit is $60.00. Your device(s) will be tested annually and you will receive a bill from Mallory Valley. 

For more information on cross connection, please click here: Backflow Prevention.

A cross connection is a situation where a possible source of contamination is directly linked to our public water system.  For example, if the end of your garden hose is connected to a chemical container, swimming pool or other contaminant during a water main break or fire, the substance can be siphoned back into the water system.  This condition, known as cross connection, could cause a public health hazard.  Backflow Devices are available to prevent this and other cross connection problems and are required by the State of Tennessee for all Commercial customers and all Residential customers with an irrigation system.  Please help us provide a safe supply of drinking water to all of our customers.  

For more information on cross connections and how to protect against them, please call our office at 615-628-0237.  Thank you!


A member of our maintenance staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for water related emergencies and water outages.  If you need immediate assistance, please call 615.628.0237 and a member of our maintenance staff will promptly return your call.  A service fee may apply for after hours service calls and payment will be due at the time  service is provided. The District excepts checks or on-line credit card payment for emergency call service fees.  Please Note: For customer service and maintenance, or other non-emergency issues, our technicians will not be dispatched between the hours of 8:00 pm and 7:30 am.


If FULL payment of your balance due is not received in our office within 60 days of the statement date, then your service is subject to disconnection.  In addition, your entire past due balance will be due and payable at that time - including those past due balances that are less than 60 days past due.  Reconnection fees will also apply.  The District accepts checks or on-line credit card payment for emergency call service fees and payments.  For the safety of our technicians, the District will not reconnect water service between the hours of 8:00 pm and 7:30 am.


Suspicious Activity?    Only uniformed District personnel should be seen inspecting and maintaining water meters and other public water system infrastructure.  If you see any suspicious activity, please contact our office or the local police department. 






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 Office 615-628-0237 • Fax 615-628-0241



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