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  • February 2019 - Water Conservation

    As stewards of the association's money, Braesael Management and the Board of Directors would like to share the following message to the community:

     The recent water bills have been trending upward. The HOA budgets funds each year to cover these costs up to what is considered to be a reasonable and/or normal trending amount. If more funds are being used than the budget allows, those additional funds are then pulled from reserves. The reserves are like the association's saving account and are needed for things such as large, unplanned expenses and roof replacements, etc. All residents need to do their part to conserve water to help bring the cost back down to a more conservative amount. Please read over the following suggestions: 

    Faucets

    Find and fix any leaky faucets.

    • A faucet leaking 60 drops per minute will waste 192 gallons (726.8 liters) per month. That is equal to 2,304 gallons (8.7 m3) per year.

    Install efficient faucets and/or faucet aerators.

    • The U.S. EPA WaterSense program labels efficient faucets and aerators that use a maximum of 1.5 gallons (5.7 liters) per minute. 

    Turn off the faucet.

    • When lathering hands, shaving, or brushing teeth.

    Showers

    If it takes a long time for the hot water to reach the shower, use it as an opportunity to collect water for other uses, such as watering houseplants.


    Replace showerheads that have a flow rate greater than 2.5 gallons (9.5 liters) per minute (the current national energy policy act standard).

    • If the showerhead is not labeled, the flow rate can be checked by catching the water in a 1-gallon (3.8 liters) bucket.  If it takes less than 24 seconds to fill up, the showerhead flow rate is more than 2.5 gallons (9.5 liters) per minute.  The U.S. EPA WaterSense program labels efficient showerheads that use a maximum 2.0 gallons (7.6 liters) per minute.

    Take shorter showers.

    • Reducing a 10-minute shower to 5 minutes will save 12.5 gallons (47.3 liters) of water if the showerhead has a flow rate of 2.5 gallons (9.5 liters) per minute (even more if the showerhead has a higher flow rate).

    Toilets

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