18 Jul '11, 3pm

A heat wave is rolling across the country. Beat peak water use with our tips #beatthepeak

A heat wave is rolling across the country. Beat peak water use with our tips #beatthepeak

When the mercury rises, so does your water use. “Peak” water use describes the time of year when residential water use is at its highest, usually late July and early August , depending on where you live. While using water efficiently is important throughout the year, sometimes the timing of water use can make a big difference for community water supplies—and your water bill. During the summer, when water use is typically two to four times that of winter water use, water systems—even those with plentiful supplies—can be taxed by this spike in demand. Extreme demand from watering lawns, washing cars, filling backyard pools, and enjoying other warm-weather activities can tax water infrastructure, lead to a rise in pollution levels, and require new water sources to be created solely for those peak use periods. How Can I Beat the Peak? To save on your summer water bill and ensu...

Full article: http://epa.gov/watersense/water_efficiency/when_its_hot.html

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