What contributes to your water bill?

Water conservation not only saves you money, but it also helps ensure this precious life-sustaining resource will be available for our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

PRA helps in this way by providing an inclining rate schedule in 5,000 gallon increments. Just by taking a few simple steps, you could reduce your costs by several dollars.

Laundry

Most older model washers use between 20 and 45 gallons per load. Newer front-loading machines use 8-15 gallons per load. Always wash full loads

Showers

Most people use between 20 and 30 gallons of water per shower. you can save water by shortening the time you’re in the shower and by purchasing a new restrictive shower head.

Tub Baths

A standard tubs requires between 30 and 40 gallons per bath. Newer, deep-seated ‘jetting’ tubs can use four times as much.

Dishwashers

Most dishwashers use between 15 and 30 gallons per wash. Newer models can reduce that to 11 gallons. Always was full loads and use the rinse and hold cycle (if there is one) instead of rinsing the dishes in the sink. Hand-rinsing and hand-washing dishes can use up to five gallons per minute for the duration of the wash.

Toilets

Older model toilets use anywhere from 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush. New models use 1.6 gallons per flush. Replacing older units with more efficient units not only saves you money on public water and sewer, but if you have private sewer (septic or sand mound) it also reduces the wear and tear on the system as well.

Also, because of the working parts, toilets are the biggest use of water from leaks. When a toilet leaks because the flapper valve on the float doesn’t seal or shut off, you are running thousands of gallons of water directly into the sewer.

Garbage Disposals

Most disposers use up to 5 gallons per minute per use. If possible, compost your scraps of food and reduce the amount of waste you put down the disposal.

Car Washing

Most garden hoses produce 5 gallons per minute. If you do wash your car at home, always use a hose sprayer with an automatic shutoff.

Lawn Watering

Watering your lawn with a garden house can require up to 40 gallons per square foot. When watering beds and pots, use a slow drip hose that will make sure the water gets into the ground. Never water during the day and never use oscillating sprinklers, which allow over half of the water to evaporate. Always use native plants so watering does not have to be done on a regular basis

Dripping/Leaking Faucets or Hoses

Always check your faucets for leaks or drips. Always shut your outside water off at the faucet and not the hose end. Many times in hot weather hoses will leak or the spray nozzle will get stuck in an open position, leading to a large amount of leakage and an extremely high water bill.

With a little planning and effort, we can all save water and money.

 

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Apr 17
2018 Consumer Confidence Report (updated in April 2019)

Each year we publish a comprehensive report that summarizes information regarding water sources used (i.e., rivers, lakes reservoirs, or aquifers), any detected contaminants, compliance and educational information.

For a direct link click here http://perkasieauthority.org/sites/perkasieauthority.org/files/basic_pages/2019%20Consumer%20Confidence%20Report.pdf

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Feb 15
EPA's Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan

Please see the below link for the EPA's Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan as detailed in the Press Release Conference on February 14, 2019.

 

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Feb 14
Radio Transmitter Project (Smart Meters)

Please see link below for all information relavant to our Meter Replacement Program.

 

Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to the Perkasie Regional Authority staff at 215-257-3654.

 

http://perkasieauthority.org/project/2012-09-04/radio-transmitter-project

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