Water Conservation Is Essential For Life. Water is an essential component of life itself. In order to ensure its availability, while saving you money at the same time, it is crucial that everyone practice good water conservation, especially in times of drought. Charlottesville Water encourages every citizen to follow these tips on easy ways to save.
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Upcoming Water Conservation News & Events
Drinking Water Week: May 6 - 12
Infrastructure Week: May 14 - 21
National Public Works Week: May 20 - 26
Festival of the Home: June 2nd 10 am - 5 pm at IX Art Park
Can you imagine a day without water? The City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County Service Authority, and Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority hosted an event and art contest open to Grades 1st - 8th in the City and County.
Theme: Why Does Every Drop Count?
Water is essential for life. You need water for everything from brushing your teeth, growing the food you eat, and making the things you use everyday. Why is water important to you and why does every drop count?
2017 Imagine a Day without Water Award Winners
The campaign involved a public awareness event as well as an art contest where students from throughout the City and County were asked to illustrate “Why does every drop count?” Judges from the City, ACSA, and RWSA helped evaluate the artwork (over 630 entries from the Charlottesville and Albemarle County) for creativity, originality, and incorporation of the contest’s challenge question. Of the 638 poster entries received, one winner was chosen from each of four grade divisions. In addition, the top 60 entries were available to the public to view online and vote for a favorite art poster; with over 580 online votes, a fan favorite was selected. All 5 winners will receive a $200 gift card, water conservation goodie bag, and have their artwork displayed around Charlottesville.
The winners for the 2017 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest are:
1st – 2nd Grade: Nathan Jordan, Johnson Elementary, Grade 1
3rd – 4th Grade: Sophie Rubin, St. Anne’s-Belfield School, Grade 4
5th – 6th Grade: Annie Meng, Sutherland Middle School, Grade 6
7th – 8th Grade: Savannah Gale, Henley Middle School, Grade 7
Fan Favorite: Elisabeth Shin, Brownsville Elementary, Grade 5
In addition, teachers were encouraged to promote student participation and 4 were chosen to receive a $200 gift card to be used for classroom projects: Leslie Tanner (Henley Middle School), Desmond Cormier (Buford Middle School), Tamara Murray (Charlottesville Day School), and Kim Taylor (Village School).
City of Charlottesville Receives the 2017 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award
The City of Charlottesville received one of 20 WaterSense awards at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference for helping Americans to save water, energy, and money. The City of Charlottesville’s Water Conservation program was honored as a 2017 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award winner for several key programs and community engagement including:
- The Imagine a Day without Water campaign and student art contest with 445 youth entries from the City and County showing what a day without water means to them.
- A new focus on being water smart outside with weather driven messaging to help inform the community when to water their lawns and promote ways to save water when it’s hot out.
- Consistent participation in numerous community events throughout the entire year as well as promotion of conservation messages and tips to save water through TV commercials, print ads, radio ads, and social media.
- Distribution of over 500 water conservation kits plus an additional 1,100 WaterSense labeled showerheads and 1,492 WaterSense labeled faucet aerators to City residents.
Thank you to City of Charlottesville residents that support and help make the Charlottesville Water Conservation Program such a success! We are excited to find new and innovative ways to save water in Charlottesville.
Jill Greiner, Charlottesville Water Conservation Program Coordinator, receiving the 2017 EPA WaterSense Partner of the Year Award from Leo Gueriguian, acting Associate Director, OWN Water Infrastructure Division, U.S. EPA.
Check. Twist. Replace.
More than 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted each year from household leaks. Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year (that is the amount of water needed to was 270 loads of laundry).
Detect and Chase Down Leaks with this Checklist! Click Here
Save water in your house by following these 3 simple steps:
CHECK: for leaks from faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Also check your toilets for silent leaks using a leak detection dye tablet (free for City Residents, contact the water conservation program coordinator to get some). Don't forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too!
TWIST: and tighten hose & pipe connections. To save water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator (free for City residents, contact the water conservation program coordinator to get one).
REPLACE: fixtures as necessary with WaterSense labeled products, which are independently certified to use 20% less water and perform as well as or better than standard models (free WaterSense showerheads for City residents, contact the water conservation program coordinator to get one).
For more information on how to save water in your home, check our our Programs & Resources Page!
6 Easy Ways to be Water Smart Outside
Lean how to conserve water outside, especially during the hot summer months!
1. Maximize Rainwater: Take advantage of natural rainfall by installing a rain barrel. For more information on the Rain Barrel Rebate Program: CLICK HERE
2. Water Early: Early mornings are typically when heat and wind are lowest, which means water is less likely to evaporate before your plants can soak it up!
3. Water Wisely: Figure out how much water your lawn and plants really need. It is probably much less then you think!!
4. Create a Water-Wise Landscape: A beautiful yard is more than just grass. Visit our Water Wise Landscaping and Water Wise Plants pages to learn more about the variety of different plants that can make up an attractive and water wise landscape. These include plants that can keep your yard visually appealing in the winter.
5. Use the Right Hose: Did you know there are different types of hoses? Read the full post to find out which hose better fits your needs.
6. Fix Outdoor Leaks: A broken sprinkler can waste 25,000 gallons of water in six months. Prevent this water loss by checking your sprinkler for leaks at both the sprinkler head AND where if connects to the hose.
Read the full post and learn more about how to be Water Smart Outside, check our Programs and Resources Page.
As of July 1, 2012, only WaterSense labeled toilets will be eligible for the rebate. WaterSense products have been tested by a third party and are proven to be as effective as conventional products while using at least 20% less water!
The City of Charlottesville is offering a $100 rebate for the purchase and installation of a WaterSense toilet. Open the brochure to submit for your rebate now, or go to this page for more detailed program information.
Use of the toilet accounts for 30% of the average home's indoor water use. Toilets from before 1994 are especially wasteful; if replaced by an efficient model, a typical household can save thousands of gallons per year! Make water conservation automatic - install a WaterSense toilet.
Residential Water Calculators:
Free Indoor Water Conservation Kits:
A program in place since 2002, City residents may pick up a FREE kit from the Utility Billing office, located in City Hall. The low flow fixtures are easy to install, and will make daily water conservation easy for the whole family! For question, please contact the Water Conservation Program Coordinator.
Take a look at our new brochures, published by the Environmental Protection Agency:
Unsure how to start saving water this year?
Check out the Charlottesville Water Conservation Checklist for 2017 and start saving water now!
Water Conservation in the Media
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Did you know that Charlottesville Public Works has a Twitter account!
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Charlottesville Water Conservation Newsletter
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For more information, contact: Charlottesville Water (434) 970-3800
or Email the Water Conservation Program Coordinator
Direct Website Link: www.charlottesville.org/waterconservation