Hicksville Water District Provides Tips for Residents to Conserve Water Indoors

February 23, 2022

Water Conservation is Crucial Year-Round in the HWD

Even though Long Island is still some time away from peak water usage season, the Hicksville Water District would like to remind residents that water conservation is crucial no matter the time of year. There are a number of things residents can do to save water inside their homes, some of which only require small changes from normal water usage practices.

“Promoting water conservation is a vital part of our work here at the Hicksville Water District,” said HWD Chairman Nicholas Brigandi. “Our sole-source aquifer is the only place we have to draw water from and we must do everything we can to make sure we do not overuse it. We ask that our residents make simple, yet impactful, changes to their everyday water-using habits so they can decrease their water use and help us protect and preserve our only water source.”

One simple change residents can make is to only run their dishwashers at a full load, as dishwashers use the same amount of water regardless of load size. This could save over 1,000 gallons of water per month for each individual household. Switching to more water-efficient toilets, showerheads and washing machines can also make a significant difference in any home’s water use.

When making the switch, check for Energy Star-approved or WaterSense-labeled devices. To conserve even more water while using these appliances, taking shorter showers and only using washing machines with full loads can save thousands of gallons of water every year. Finally, residents should always know where their master shutoff valve is located and make sure it is in good working condition. This could save water and prevent damage to your home.

Colder weather can be especially rough on water-based appliances. Make sure to insulate water pipes, especially hot water pipes, for decreased run time and less of a wait for your water to get hot. If pipes do freeze, running them until the blockage melts is not the most efficient option. Instead, appliances such as hair dryers can provide slow, even heat coverage to defrost pipes.

Additionally, with the District-wide switch to smart meters in full effect, the HWD encourages residents to install the EyeOnWater app. This app is free to download and, once you download and set up a profile, it is the best way to monitor your water usage, as it can provide you real time access and updates from any smartphone or computer. With everything the app provides its users, it not only helps you save water, but it also helps you save money.