The holiday season is in full swing. Friends, family and food are three fixtures of the holidays. They are also three things that can have an impact on your water and wastewater system. Owning your own well and wastewater system requires you to understand how to properly operate and maintain the systems. Once you understand those day-to-day practices, they can ideally become routine. However, your guests may not be familiar with those best practices. Below are some of the most important tips to pass on to guests and for you to remember during the busy holiday season.
- Conserve water to reduce strain on both your well and wastewater system:
- Check for leaks such as a dripping faucet or shower head or running toilet
- Ask guests to take quicker showers or use this season as an opportunity to install a low-flow showerhead
- Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator for drinking to eliminate running water from the tap to get cold water
- Spread out water use:
- Divide showers by having some people take showers in the morning and others in the evening
- Keep loads of laundry to one or two per day
- Run the dishwasher over night while water use will be low and avoid running the dishwasher daily if possible
- Manage solids entering the waste water system:
- Do not flush paper towels, tissues, wipes, diapers, cigarette butts or feminine products
- Limit use of the garbage disposal by either composting or disposing large amounts of food items such as potato peels into the trash instead of the garbage disposal
- Do not pour grease or cooking oils down the drain
Keeping these practices in mind are essential to reduce strain on your water or wastewater system on a daily basis. Helping your guests keep these in mind will allow you to spend time enjoying the holidays rather than cleaning up a mess or springing for costly repairs.
More information on operating and maintaining your well and wastewater system can be found at: www.water.unl.edu/residentialwater.