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Did You

  • The cost of one bottle of water from a vending machine is equivalent to the cost of drinking 8 glasses of tap water every day for a year.
  • A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.
  • The Water Authority maintains almost 1500 miles of drinking water pipes. If you put them end-to-end, they would stretch from Roanoke to Colorado Springs, CO.
  • At one drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons of water per year.
  • Water is the only substance naturally found on earth as a solid, liquid and gas.
  • Over 713 gallons of water go into the production of one cotton T-shirt.
  • The Authority’s Water Pollution Control Plant is regarded as one of the best bird-watching areas in the mid-Atlantic region.
  • The Water Authority maintains over 6,000 fire hydrants in our service area. Fire hydrants are connected to the public drinking water distribution lines, so water from a fire hydrant is drinking water.
  • There are over 23,000 manholes in our service area.
  • Carvins Cove Natural Reserve is the second largest municipal park in the United States.
  • The Authority’s Water Pollution Control Plant covers over 100 acres of land.
  • More people in the world have a mobile phone than have a toilet.
  • The Water Authority treats 19-million gallons of drinking water a day although we have the capacity to treat 56-million gallons per day.
  • The Authority’s Water Pollution Control Plant treats almost 37-million gallons of wastewater a day from all across the Roanoke Valley.
  • There are 51 drinking water storage tanks in our service area. They each hold between 500,000 – 2-million gallons of water.
  • Most of the treated drinking water used in a home is for toilet flushing.

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Water Conservation Tips

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Using water wisely in times of drought is critical; however, it is always important to use our valuable natural resource wisely. Here are a few tips to help you be water wise. 

Fix leaks in faucets and outside spigots

faucet drip

At one drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons of water per year. How much water could you be saving by fixing your leaking faucet – find out with this online calculator.





Fix toilet leaks

toiletTo check to see if you have a toilet leak, put some food coloring in your toilet tank. The next morning, if the color shows up in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak. A leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day or 6,000 gallons a month.

Because toilet leaks are the most common cause of leaks and increased in-door water consumption, you should check your toilet regularly. Every six months when you re-set your clocks for the time change, check your toilet for leaks and change your smoke detector batteries.


Water when it is cool outside

sprinklerWater your lawn or garden before 10am or after 7pm when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation. You want the water to soak into the ground – not get evaporated to the clouds! 






Don’t overwater your lawn

tuna canIf you water your lawn (or other plants outdoors), it only needs 1 to 1.5 inches of water every week or two. To measure one inch of water, set an empty tuna can on your lawn in the area where you are running a sprinkler. When it is full, you have watered one inch. 





Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth

toothbrushWhile brushing your teeth, turn off the water and save up to two gallons of water. The faucet doesn’t need to be running to get your teeth clean! 






 Shorten your showers

showerShorten your shower to five minutes to save water as well as the energy you use to heat the water. 

Install flow restricting shower heads to reduce overall consumption.






Install a rain barrel

rain barrelA rain barrel can collect rain water or air conditioning condensate to use for plant and garden watering when the weather gets dry. You can build your own rain barrel  or buy a barrel with a faucet already attached.






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