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Kids and WaterSense

 You are never too young to learn about the importance of water conservation. Check out some simple tips for kids to start building lifelong habits. 

http://www.epa.gov/watersense/kids/games.html

 


Smart Irrigation Month 

July is the most common month with the highest water usage. Most of the water use goes toward lawns and landscaping.

Mallory Valley Utility supports July as Smart Irrigation Month.

To learn more, click here.

 You can also like EPA WaterSense on Facebook to receive tips all month long! 

 

 

Protect Your Home From The Cold  

Every winter, many homes and businesses face the expense and inconvenience of frozen water pipes - Make sure you're not one of them by taking a few simple precautions.

Click here to learn more! 

 

 

New WaterSense labeled product!

 

Pre-rinse spray valves have now been added to the WaterSense labeled product family! 

Click here to be directed to the EPA WaterSense website for more information.

 

 

 

Back to School!


Who says "Back to School" is just for kids?

We all need to be refreshed on water conservation tips!

So click here for your first lesson. 

 

 

 Mallory Valley Utility District Supports Smart Irrigation Month!

More water is used in July than other in most areas of the United States, and much of that water goes toward keeping lawns and landscaping green.

There are things you can do to reduce water usage. Click here to find out more!

 Also,

The next time you're in our office pick up a handy water wheel. It's full of water saving ideas!

 

 

 

 Spruce Up Your Sprinkler System and Save

 

It’s been a long, hard winter for your yard. While your plants go dormant to cope with the colder weather, your sprinkler system can feel the effects of winter, too. Cracks in the pipes can lead to costly leaks, and broken sprinkler heads can waste water and money. You could be losing up to 25,000 gallons of water and more than $90 over a six-month irrigation season—the cost of about 300 daffodil bulbs!

 

Now is the perfect time to spruce up your irrigation system before you ramp up your watering efforts this spring and summer. To get started, follow these four simple steps—inspect, connect, direct, and select:

 

  • Inspect. Check your system for clogged, broken, or missing sprinkler heads. If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, go with a pro—look for an irrigation professional certified through a WaterSense labeled irrigation program.

 

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

 

  • Direct. Are you watering the driveway, house, or sidewalk instead of your yard? Redirect sprinklers to apply water only to your lawn or prized plants.

 

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

 

Don’t forget to add “sprinkler spruce-up” to your spring cleaning list this year. Learn more about maintaining a water-smart yard by visiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense website at www.epa.gov/watersense/outdoor.

 

 

 

How to Conserve Water in the Bathroom

By following the link below, you can learn more about how to conserve water in the bathroom! Thank you to one of our customers for this very informative website link!

http://www.bathroomremodel.com/how-to-conserve-water-in-the-bathroom/

 

 

Outdoor Water Use

Summer's rising temperatures often coincide with rising outdoor water use. It is estimated that homeowners use two to four times as much water in the summer months than they use the rest of the year.

Being an EPA Watersense Partner we have been provided with helpful tips to reduce outdoor water use.

Click here to view some tips!

 

 

Gardening 

 We have put together an information page on unique gardening techniques that can help conserve water.

Click here to learn more!

 

 

 

 Commercial Water Use

 Click the brochure below to view a water conservation resource for commercial properties.

 

 

 

Have a water efficient H2Oliday!

 

Preparing for and cleaning up after holiday meals and parties can use much more water than ordinary, everyday use. Running your tap continuously while preparing food or washing dishes wastes water and can use more than two gallons of water every minute your tap is running. That's a lot when you're cooking a big meal for extended family members and friends! Find ways to reduce your water and energy use, for example:

  • Scrape dirty dishes clean, instead of using water to rinse them before you put them in the dishwasher.
  • If you don’t use a dishwasher, fill the sink with a few gallons of soapy wash water, clean your dishes, and put them aside. Then rinse them all together afterward.

Either of these simple practices could save 10 gallons of water. If every American household reduced their water use by 10 gallons on just Thanksgiving Day, it would save more than 1 billion gallons of water, as well as save any energy or materials used to pump or treat tap water.  

 

 

October is National Kitchen and Bath Month

This is an annual event that helps promote ways to improve your bathroom or kitchen, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association.  A bathroom "mini-makeover" will save you water, energy, and money on utility bills. EPA's Watersense program has come up with simple facts and tips to pass along to our customers.

 By clicking on the logo below you will be directed to simple facts and tips!

 

 

Aerating your Lawn

Aerating is a process that punctures holes in your lawn. Why do you want to puncture holes in your lawn? Along with many other reasons, it will help increase your lawns drought tolerance by providing better absorption. When you increase your lawns drought tolerance you may not need to irrigate nearly as much. This will help conserve water.

Aeration should take place in the spring or fall.  Mostly, when grass is growing, the soil is moist (but not soaked), and  on days with milder temps.

An aerator is something that you can rent from most lawn and garden centers.  

 

 

 

 

 

Landscaping With Native Plants

 Landscaping with native plants require less maintenance and are cost-effective, which means you may use less water.

Click here to view a brochure that provides more information and a list of native plants for the Middle Tennessee region.

 

 

        

 Rain Gardens for Nashville

Rain Gardens are a beautiful way to reduce your water usage and clean storm water.  They are shallow, depressed gardens designed to collect rain water and allow it time to filter it through the ground.  This also results in less water entering our stormwater systems and more water refilling the underground water table that keeps small streams flowing during the dry summer months.  Rain Gardens are low maintenance and their native plants provide food for song birds and butterflies! 

Download the brochure to learn how to plant your rain garden!

Rain Gardens for Nashville - A Resource Guide

Rain Gardens for Nashville was created through a water quality partnership between the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County's Department of Water and Sewerage Services and the Nashville District of the US Army Corp of Engineers.   All information contained in this posting was provided by Metro Water Services Stormwater NPDES Department (www.nashville.gov/stormwater).

 

 

Saving Water During the Winter Months 

Winterize your pipes- It is possible during the cold months for your pipes to freeze and burst. However, winterizing them may prevent that from happening. Most local hardware/do-it-yourself stores have kits available. If you think a pipe might be frozen, keep the faucet open and apply (slowly) heat to the area.

Going away?- If you plan on being away from your home for an extended period of time, you might want to consider draining your pipes before you leave.

     

   

Rain Barrels

  Rain barrels are a simple and inexpensive way to catch rain water for irrigating purposes. The best part, FREE WATER! You can also build them yourself! Check it out....

How to Make a Rain Barrel

 

 

  

Do-It-Yourself Hydro Planter

The EarthBox is a "self-contained gardening system".  The system will hold water for several days without needing replenishment.  You can read more about this system by visiting the following website:  

http://earthtainer.tomatofest.com/

Instructions for the planter can also be found HERE 

  

  

 

More Ways to Conserve Water

Collecting rain water for irrigating plants or gardens not only conserves water, but it also decreases the amount of water you'll have to purchase.

Don't over water your lawn.  As a general rule, lawns only need watering every 5 to 7 days in the summer and every 10 to 14 days in the winter.  A hearty rain eliminates the need for watering for as long as two weeks.  Tip: Step on your grass. If it springs back, when you lift your foot, it doesn't need water.

Water lawns and flowers during the early morning when temperatures are down and wind speed are the lowest. This reduces losses from evaporation.

Don't waste cold water while waiting for hot water to reach the shower head or faucet.  Capture it in a watering can or bucket to irrigate your plants.

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.

Check your toilet for leaks. Put dye tablets or food coloring into the tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing, there's a leak that should be repaired.

Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants.  It slows down evaporation.

Use your water meter to check for hidden leaks. Read the water meter before and after a 2 hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read the exact same there may be a leak.

Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for full loads only.

Scrape the food on your dishes into the garabage instead of using water to rinse it down the disposal.

Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge. Running tap water to cool it off is wasteful. Store drinking water in the fridge in a safe drinking bottle. 

Installing low flow faucet aerators will reduce the flow of water from the faucet without reducing pressure. You can find them at most home improvement stores and installation videos are available online.  

Test your water sense at  www.epa.gov/watersense