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2014 Community Calendar

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Ocean County Sheriff’s Office: Winter Weather Advisory

Advisory: Winter Weather Advisory

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM EST THIS
AFTERNOON…

* LOCATIONS…THE EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND…DELAWARE…MUCH OF
NEW JERSEY…SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA AWAY FROM THE METRO
PHILADELPHIA AREA.

* HAZARD TYPES…HEAVY SNOWFALL.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ACROSS NEW
JERSEY AND DELMARVA…4 TO 6 ACROSS SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA.

* TIMING…BEGINNING BY DAWN AND LASTING INTO THE AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS…MODERATE TO SEVERE TRAVEL IMPACTS DURING THE MORNING
COMMUTE. ICY ROADS AFTER THE SNOW…SINCE TEMPERATURES WILL
FALL BELOW FREEZING LATE TUESDAY…AND LAST FOR A FEW DAYS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW…SLEET…OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

For full details, view this message on the web.

TREE lIGHTING TONIGHT AT 5:30PM

Just a reminder that South Toms River’s annual Tree Lighting will be held at Borough Hall TONIGHT, on Monday December 9, 2013. The Lighting starts at 5:30pm, with a reception to follow inside Borough Hall. Families and Children of all ages are welcome, including a special Jolly Ole’ guest to join us in the festivities! 

Oyster Creek Annual Siren Test

Oyster Creek will be performing their semi annual siren test this morning at 10:00 am.
This will be a full 3 minute test of the new sirens.

Happy Thanksgiving

The Mayor and Council wish the residents of South Toms River a happy holiday with their friends and family.

WEATHER ADVISORY STATEMENT

WEATHER ADVISORY STATEMENT

Borough of South Toms River, New Jersey

Weather Statement — Coastal Storm
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 – 6:30pm

A strong coastal storm will impact the New Jersey coast over the next 36 hours. This storm will bring heavy rains, strong winds and possible minor coastal flooding along the bay front. The weather will deteriorate Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening, with the heaviest rains and strongest winds occurring during the overnight hours into Wednesday afternoon.

Rainfall amounts of up to 4 inches are possible with this storm. As a result, roadway flooding will occur along with typical flooding associated with areas of poor drainage. Motorist should exercise caution when traveling Tuesday night and Wednesday along with allowing for extra time to reach their destination.

Winds sustained between 20mph to 30mph with gust to 50mph will be experiencedTuesday night into Wednesday evening. Residents are urged to secure or bring indoors all items that could become projectiles in the strong winds. This would include trash and recycling cans along with certain holiday decorations.

Some minor tidal flooding could occur at times of high tide on Wednesday. It is recommended that bay front and lagoon residents monitor tidal conditions on Wednesday and take any action necessary to protect property.

At this time, NO WINTER weather conditions are anticipated for most of New Jersey as this storm will be mainly a rain event. Ice and snow are possible in the higher elevations of Pennsylvania and extreme northwestern New Jersey. For the urban areas of New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore, this will be a rain event. However, this storm will produce significant delays for holiday travelers, regardless of mode of transportation.

Sunny, cool and windy weather is forecasted for Thanksgiving Day and the balance of the extended holiday weekend.

 

 

Tree Lighting and Reception

South Toms River’s annual Tree Lighting will be held at Borough Hall on Monday December 9, 2013. The Lighting starts at 5:30pm, with a reception to follow inside Borough Hall. Families and Children of all ages are welcome, including a special Jolly Ole’ guest to join us in the festivities! happy holidays

Rabies Clinic – January 25, 2014

Take notice, that the Borough of South Toms River will hold its Free Rabies Clinic on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Borough Public Works Garage, located at 1 Drew Lane, South Toms River.
Dog & Cat licenses for the year 2014 will be available at the clinic.
There is a late fee of $7.00 after January 31, 2014
Dog License Fees:
Non Spayed/Neutered $126.20
Spayed/Neutered $13.20
Cat License Fee: $10.00

Happy Veterans Day

Today we honor all those to heroically give their lives to serve and protect our great Nation. Thank you Veterans, and Happy Veterans Day.

Please meet us at Mathis Plaza in South Toms River at 11am, for the dedication of Mathis Plaza as Mathis Veterans Memorial Park.

Community Fundraiser for “Sweet Arielle”

We are a community and must support each other. Please come out on Sunday (TODAY – Nov 10th) from Noon – 4pm to support Arielle and her family. 12yr old Sweet Arielle has had a brain tumor since 7 months old, and has been a strong fighter ever since. Come out to Midtown Pizza (in the Grand Ballroom) – 399 Dover Road. Tickets are $20. Contact 908-783-8339. Includes pasta, meatballs, salad, bread & soda.

Greater communication in the works

We are proud to announce that the Borough is in the completion stage of having greater communication with you!  

We are almost fully integrated and are working out some details. However, with our new auto-attendant, we are more accessible and will be able to process your requests in much greater detail and responsiveness.

Election Day coming up

As Election Day approaches, here are some helpful links!

Elections & Voting

Halloween Date & Curfew

Please be advised that there are curfews in place during Halloween in order to keep our neighborhood safe,

  1. No one under the age of 18, unless accompanied by an adult, will be permitted on the streets after the hour of 8:00 p.m. on October 30, 2013.

  1. No one under the age of 18, unless accompanied by an adult, will be permitted on the streets after the hour of 8:00 p.m. on October 31, 2013.  (Trick or Treat)

Hours 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Pinelands Commission formally approves certification of the Borough’s Master Plan and Ordinances

For Immediate Release By Pinelands Commission:

Pinelands Commission certifies South Toms River Borough’s Master Plan

NEW LISBON, N.J. – During its meeting today, the New Jersey Pinelands Commission voted to certify South Toms River Borough’s Master Plan and Land Use Ordinances. The decision means that, for the first time since the Commission was established, all 53 Pinelands Area municipalities have adopted plans that comply with Pinelands rules.

“We’re very pleased with the Borough’s decision to comply with the Pinelands Plan,” said Nancy Wittenberg, the Commission’s Executive Director. “We’re also proud to say that all Pinelands municipalities and counties have plans in place that conform to the rules that preserve,protect and enhance the Pinelands.”

“The Borough is committed to a sustainable environment, and we are excited to receive this certification as reassurance of this commitment,” said Joseph Makhandal Champagne, Jr., Mayor of South Toms River. “We are constantly striving for the betterment of our Borough, and we thank the Pinelands Commission, our engineer, and our Governing Body for all of their hard work.”

The Pinelands Protection Act and the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP)require that each municipality with land in the Pinelands Area submit its master plan and land use ordinances to the Commission. The Commission reviews and determines whether the master plan and ordinances conform with the minimum standards of the CMP, which contains the rules that govern land-use, development and natural resource protection in the Pinelands.

South Toms River Borough has a total land area of 1.2 square miles, of which 360 acres (47 percent) lie within the 938,000-acre Pinelands Area. Another 20 acres lie within the Pinelands National Reserve, outside the state-designated Pinelands Area. The CMP designates the entire

Pinelands Area section of the Borough as a Regional Growth Area.

Although South Toms River Borough has been involved with the conformance process since 1981, significant progress was made only recently. The Borough’s history of not pursuing certification is likely due to the very limited amount of vacant land in the Pinelands Area portion of the municipality and the resulting lack of development activity. Nevertheless, in 2012, the Borough made a commitment to completing the certification process and subsequently adopted a revised Master Plan and Zoning Map, as well as other land use ordinance amendments necessary

for consistency with the CMP.

 

Actual Press Release

PR_PinelandsCertifiesSouthTomsRiver

South Toms River Borough To Recognize Community Heroes

South Toms River Borough To Recognize Community Heroes

South Toms River, NJ – On Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm, The Borough of South Toms River will host a ceremony honoring those who went above and beyond to assist those in need during trying times.The event, marking approximately one year since Sandy’s devastation, will take place at South Toms River Elementary School, located at 419 Dover Rd. Toms River, and will honor individuals as well as organizations that have volunteered their assistance during the rebuilding process of our shore community.

“The true representation of community is reflected in the combined efforts of many. We must recognize those altruistic efforts. It is a simple gesture to honor those who contributed so much to our community,” stated Mayor Joseph M. Champagne.

The ceremony is free for all and we are encouraging all to attend. If you know someone who deserves recognition, please submit their name with a brief description of their volunteer efforts during the past year to joseph.kostecki@boroughofsouthtomsriver.com. Names will be considered for recognition until October 1st, and recipients will be notified shortly after. Businesses interested in sponsoring or donating items for this event should contact Joseph Kostecki at (732) 349-0403.

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September 11 – Day of Remembrance

Today at Noon, The Borough of South Toms River will participate in a Day of Remembrance for the victims of September 11th.  A moment of silence will be held outside of Borough Hall to honor all those who lost their lives.

 

Borough Hall Address:

144 Mill Street.

South Toms River, NJ

Our Garden

As we grow our Borough, we would like to inform you of the fruit and vegetables that we grow.

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National Preparedness Month

As a reminder of the need for constant vigilance, we set aside the month of September as National Preparedness Month.

To promote timely and responsible emergency preparedness, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages everyone to join the National Preparedness Community. As a local official, you can promote this effort to help your municipality and all Americans better prepare to face and respond to disasters and emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. 
As a National Preparedness Month Community Member, your efforts to bring emergency preparedness to your locality can make a difference.

You can visit the National Preparedness Community website athttp://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/readynpm/grouphome to register and to get all the details to share with local families and businesses about FEMA’s four-fold program for preparedness: “Collect, Collaborate, Educate and Empower.”

NJSLOM

 

Pet License

In accordance with Chapters 5 of the Code of The Borough of South Toms River– if you own, keep or harbor any dogs or cats which are seven (7) months or older, within Township limits, you  MUST  obtain a cat / dog license from the Municipal Clerk

Licenses MUST be renewed by January 31 of EACH year, and Rabies must not expire to November 1 of each year of renewal – per State law.

Directions for Pet License

1. Complete this 2013 Pet Registration Form for each
dog/cat you own

2. Include your payment with proof of rabies vaccination and Spayed / Neutered Certificate.  Note –  (these will be returned
to you with your new license)

3.  If you are mailing this application to the Clerks Office , please include a STAMPED, SELF ADDRESSED ENVELOPE.

Make checks payable to the Borough of South Toms River:

 $13.20 if spayed/neutered Dog

$16.20 if not spayed/neutered Dog

$10 for Cat license

$7 late fee applies to all licenses applied after January 31st

Please send separate check for dogs and separate check for cats. Thank you

Having a Yard Sale?

If you are thinking of having a Garage/Yard Sale, don’t forget to get your permit from the Municipal Clerk’s Office.  To acquire a permit, you can fill out this Garage Sale permit form. Permits cost $10.00 for two consecutive days and residents are permitted to have two sales per year as per the Municipal General Code 4-4

Do not post any signs on utility poles, light poles, street signs or trees. Your signs may be staked in the ground and must be removed within 48 hours after the sale. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Good luck with your yard sale!

HURRICANE SANDY REBUILDING TASK FORCE RELEASES REBUILDING STRATEGY

HURRICANE SANDY REBUILDING TASK FORCE RELEASES REBUILDING STRATEGY
 Strategy will ensure families, small businesses and communities are stronger, more economically
competitive and better able to withstand future storms, and serve as a model for communities
across the country

See entire press release here

Rental Assistance from the Dept of Housing and Urban Development

Rental Assistance Programs: New Jersey

There are other opportunities for affordable housing in addition to the Housing Choice (Section 8) Voucher Program and HUD subsidized public and private housing.

100 Ways to Conserve Water

100+ WAYS TO CONSERVE

When it comes to conserving water, small adjustments can have a big impact. Here you can sort through nearly 200 water-saving tips, download and print tip posters, or share your favorites on social media.

INDOOR TIPS

KITCHEN

  1. #1There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.
  2. #2When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  3. #3Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy.
  4. #4If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
  5. #5Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
  6. #6Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
  7. #7Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.
  8. #8Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
  9. #9Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.
  10. #10Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.
  11. #11Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
  12. #12Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup, it’s one more way to get eight glasses of water a day.
  13. #13Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.
  14. #14Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.
  15. #15If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
  16. #16Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.
  17. #17When shopping for a new dishwasher, use the Consortium for Energy Efficiency website to compare water use between models.

LAUNDRY ROOM

  1. #18When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
  2. #19Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
  3. #20When shopping for a new washing machine, compare resource savings among Energy Star models. Some can save up to 20 gallons of water per load.
  4. #21Have a plumber re-route your greywater to trees and plants rather than the sewer line. Check with your city and county for codes.
  5. #22When buying a washer, check the Consortium for Energy Efficiency website to compare water use between models.

BATHROOM

  1. #23If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a WaterSense® labeled model.
  2. #24Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
  3. #25Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gallons per month.
  4. #26Toilet leaks can be silent! Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year.
  5. #27Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it and start saving gallons.
  6. #28When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.
  7. #29Upgrade older toilets with water-saving WaterSense® labeled models.
  8. #30If your toilet flapper doesn’t close properly after flushing, replace it.
  9. #31Use a WaterSense® labeled showerhead. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.
  10. #32Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute. That’s up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
  11. #33If your toilet was installed before 1992, purchasing a WaterSense® labeled toilet can reduce the amount of water used for each flush.
  12. #34Consider buying a dual-flush toilet. It has two flush options: a half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush for solid waste.
  13. #35Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 300 gallons a month.
  14. #36Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month.
  15. #37When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.
  16. #38Take 5-minute showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water.
  17. #39Install water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.
  18. #40Drop tissues in the trash instead of flushing them and save water every time.
  19. #41Look for WaterSense® labeled toilets, sink faucets, urinals and showerheads.
  20. #42One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check your faucets and showerheads for leaks.
  21. #43While you wait for hot water, collect the running water and use it to water plants.

GENERAL INDOOR

  1. #44Teach children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.
  2. #45Watch the Home Water Challenge video or use the Home Water Audit Calculator to see where you can save water.
  3. #46When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it most.
  4. #47Encourage your school system and local government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults.
  5. #48Play fun games while learning how to save water!
  6. #49Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
  7. #50Learn how to use your water meter to check for leaks.
  8. #51Reward kids for the water-saving tips they follow.
  9. #52Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.
  10. #53Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons a week.
  11. #54Hire a GreenPlumber® to help reduce your water, energy, and chemical use.
  12. #55Be a leak detective! Check all hoses, connectors, and faucets regularly for leaks.
  13. #56We’re more likely to notice leaky faucets indoors, but don’t forget to check outdoor faucets, pipes, and hoses.
  14. #57See a leak you can’t fix? Tell a parent, teacher, employer, or property manager, or call a handyman.
  15. #58At home or while staying in a hotel, reuse your towels.
  16. #59Make suggestions to your employer or school about ways to save water and money.
  17. #60Run your washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  18. #61See how your water use stacks up to others by calculating your daily water use.

OUTDOOR TIPS

XERISCAPE LANDSCAPING

  1. #62Use porous material for walkways and patios to prevent wasteful runoff and keep water in your yard.
  2. #63Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while underwatering others.
  3. #64Choose the right Arizona-friendly plants and watch them thrive in our desert environment.
  4. #65Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers appropriate to your site and region.
  5. #66Plant species native to your region.
  6. #67Plant in the spring and fall, when the watering requirements are lower.
  7. #68When sprucing up your front or backyard, consider xeriscaping. This landscape method uses low-water-use plants to limit your water use.
  8. #69Consider attending a landscape class hosted by a water provider. Most workshops occur in the spring and fall.
  9. #70Avoid planting grass in areas that are hard to water, such as steep inclines and isolated strips along sidewalks and driveways.
  10. #71Leave lower branches on trees and shrubs and allow leaf litter to accumulate on the soil. This keeps the soil cooler and reduces evaporation.
  11. #72Start a compost pile. Using compost in your garden or flower beds adds water-holding organic matter to the soil.
  12. #73Use a layer of organic mulch on the surface of your planting beds to minimize weed growth that competes for water.
  13. #74Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants helps them retain moisture, saving water, time and money.
  14. #75Use 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.
  15. #76Visit your local xeriscape garden to view plants that thrive in our hot desert environment.
  16. #77Next time you add or replace a flower or shrub, choose a low-water-use plant and save up to 550 gallons each year.
  17. #78Call your local conservation office for more information about xeriscaping with water-thrifty trees, plants, and ground covers.
  18. #79Collect water from your roof by installing gutters and downspouts. Direct the runoff to plants and trees.
  19. #80For automatic water savings, direct water from rain gutters and HVAC systems to water-loving plants in your landscape.

LAWN CARE

  1. #81Hire a qualified pro to install your irrigation system and keep it working properly and efficiently.
  2. #82Hire a Smartscape Certified professional landscaper who has received landscape training specific to the Sonoran Desert.
  3. #83Adjust your lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass.
  4. #84Leave lawn clippings on your grass, this cools the ground and holds in moisture.
  5. #85If installing a lawn, select a lawn mix or blend that matches your climate and site conditions.
  6. #86Aerate your lawn periodically. Holes every six inches will allow water to reach the roots, rather than run off the surface.
  7. #87If walking across the lawn leaves footprints (blades don’t spring back up), then it is time to water.
  8. #88Let your lawn go dormant (brown) during the winter. Dormant grass only needs to be watered every three to four weeks, less if it rains.
  9. #89Avoid overseeding your lawn with winter grass. Ryegrass needs water every few days, whereas Dormant Bermuda grass needs water monthly.
  10. #90Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light and water.
  11. #91While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.
  12. #92Water your summer lawns once every three days and your winter lawn once every five days.
  13. #93Catch water in an empty tuna can to measure sprinkler output. 3/4 to 1 inch of water is enough to apply each time you irrigate.

LANDSCAPE

  1. #94Read the Landscape Watering by the Numbers guidebook to help you determine how long and how much to water.
  2. #95Use a trowel, shovel, or soil probe to examine soil moisture depth. If the top two to three inches of soil are dry, it’s time to water.
  3. #96Set a kitchen timer when using the hose as a reminder to turn it off. A running hose can discharge up to 10 gallons per minute.
  4. #97Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
  5. #98Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.
  6. #99Timing is everything when it comes to irrigation. Learn how to set your controller properly.
  7. #100Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.
  8. #101Learn how to shut off your automatic watering system in case of malfunctions or rain.
  9. #102Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it.
  10. #103If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption.
  11. #104Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.
  12. #105Signs of overwatering: Leaves turn lighter shades of green or yellow, young shoots wilt, and sometimes algae or fungi grow.
  13. #106Adjust your watering schedule each month to match seasonal weather conditions and landscape requirements.
  14. #107Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your system won’t run when it’s raining.
  15. #108Water dry spot by hand instead of running the whole irrigation system longer.
  16. #109Don’t water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.
  17. #110Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots, where it’s needed.
  18. #111Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.
  19. #112Use sprinklers that deliver big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller drops and mist often evaporate before hitting the ground.
  20. #113Use a rain barrel to harvest rainwater from gutters for watering gardens and landscapes.
  21. #114For hanging baskets, planters and pots, put ice cubes on top of the soil to give your plants a cool drink of water without overflow.
  22. #115Remember to periodically check your sprinkler system valves for leaks, and to keep sprinkler heads in good shape.
  23. #116Spring is a great time to give your irrigation system a checkup to ensure it’s working efficiently.
  24. #117Pruning properly can help your plants use water more efficiently.

POOL

  1. #118Use a pool cover to help keep your pool clean, reduce chemical use and prevent water loss through evaporation.
  2. #119Make sure your swimming pools, fountains and ponds are equipped with recirculating pumps.
  3. #120If you have an automatic refilling device, check your pool periodically for leaks.
  4. #121When back-washing your pool, consider using the water on salt-tolerant plants in the landscape.
  5. #122Minimize or eliminate the use of waterfalls and sprays in your pool. Aeration increases evaporation.
  6. #123Don’t overfill the pool. Lower water levels will reduce water loss due to splashing.
  7. #124Keep water in the pool when playing, it will save water.
  8. #125Instead of building a private pool, join a community pool.
  9. #126Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation than those that spray water into the air.
  10. #127Use a grease pencil to conduct a bucket test to check for pool leaks. An unnatural water level drop may indicate a leak.

GENERAL OUTDOOR

  1. #128Winterize outdoor spigots when temperatures dip below freezing to prevent pipes from leaking or bursting.
  2. #129For more immediate hot water and energy savings, insulate hot water pipes.
  3. #130Use a commercial car wash that recycles water. Or, wash your car on the lawn, and you’ll water your grass at the same time.
  4. #131Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car. You’ll save up to 100 gallons every time.
  5. #132Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.
  6. #133When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your non-edible plants.
  7. #134When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.
  8. #135Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways, and save water every time.
  9. #136Evaporative coolers require a seasonal maintenance check. For more efficient cooling, check your evaporative cooler annually.
  10. #137If you have an evaporative cooler, direct the water drain to plants in your landscape.
  11. #138Set water softeners for a minimum number of refills to save both water and chemicals, plus energy, too.
  12. #139If you have an evaporative cooler, install a recirculating pump to keep water from bleeding off with one pass.
  13. #140Report broken pipes, leaky hydrants and errant sprinklers to property owners or your local water provider.
  14. #141Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. Were a pipe to burst, this could save gallons of water and prevent damage.
  15. #142Install a thermostat and timer on your evaporative cooler so it only operates when necessary.

OFFICE

  1. #10Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.
  2. #29Upgrade older toilets with water-saving WaterSense® labeled models.
  3. #39Install water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.
  4. #41Look for WaterSense® labeled toilets, sink faucets, urinals and showerheads.
  5. #54Hire a GreenPlumber® to help reduce your water, energy, and chemical use.
  6. #143Some commercial refrigerators and ice-makers are cooled with water. Upgrade to air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
  7. #144Post a hotline in bathrooms and kitchens to report leaks or water waste to facility managers or maintenance personnel.
  8. #145Create a suggestion and incentives system at your organization to recognize water-saving ideas.
  9. #146Include a water-saving tip in your employee newsletter. Find 100+ tips at wateruseitwisely.com.
  10. #147Implement a water management plan for your facility, then educate employees on good water habits through newsletters and posters.
  11. #148Publish your organization’s monthly water use to show progress toward water-saving goals.
  12. #149Invite your water utility conservation staff to your organization for Earth Day and other environmental events to help promote water savings.
  13. #150Water audit your facility to find out your recommended water use, then monitor your utility bills to gauge your monthly consumption.
  14. #151Have maintenance personnel regularly check your facilities for leaks, drips and other water waste.
  15. #152If you use processed water in your business or facility, look into water recycling.
  16. #153Contact your water utility to see if rebates are available for purchasing water-efficient fixtures, equipment or for facility audits.
  17. #154Consider and compare water use when purchasing ice makers, dishwashers, reverse osmosis units, coolers and cleaning equipment.
  18. #155Become or appoint a water ambassador within your organization who creates, implements and maintains your water conservation program.
  19. #156Become a proud WaterSense® partner and let all your customers know.
  20. #157As part of the WaterSense® Fix-A-Leak Week in March, plan an employee campaign to look for leaks.
  21. #158Determine how your on-site water is being used by installing sub-meters where feasible, then monitoring for savings.
  22. #159Conduct a facility water use inventory and identify water management goals.
  23. #160Don’t forget hidden water use costs, like energy for pumping, heating and cooling, chemical treatment, and damage and sewer expenses.
  24. #161Show your company’s dedication to water conservation through a policy statement. Commit management, staff and resources to the effort.
  25. #162Shut off water to unused areas of your facility to eliminate waste from leaks or unmonitored use.
  26. #163Create a goal of how much water your company can save and plan a celebration once that goal is met.
  27. #164Ask employees for suggestions on saving water and give prizes for the best ideas. Incentivize it!
  28. #165Write feature articles on your employee website that highlight water-saving ideas and successes.
  29. #166Test your co-workers or employees on topics like xeriscape, WaterSense®, and high-efficiency toilets. See how water-wise they are.
  30. #167Hire a WaterSense® irrigation partner to help with your landscape.
  31. #168Saving water on your landscape adds up quickly. Send the person in charge of your landscape to an irrigation workshop.
  32. #169Marry the weather with your landscape water use. Water use should decrease during rainy periods and increase during hot, dry periods.
  33. #170Visit your local Water Conservation office’s website to get information on programs available to businesses.
  34. #171Make sure your contract plumber and/or maintenance personnel knows about GreenPlumbers®.
  35. #172Ask your company to support water conservation events and education. ProjectWet hosts local events throughout the country.
  36. #173Support Tap Into Quality and forgo those plastic water bottles to lower your carbon footprint.
  37. #174Scrape dishes rather than rinsing them before washing.
  38. #175Use water-conserving icemakers.
  39. #176A recent study showed that 99% of business managers surveyed ranked water conservation as a “top five” priority over the next decade.
  40. #177If your facility relies on cooling towers, have maintenance maximize cycles of concentration by providing efficient water treatment.
  41. #178Be sure your irrigation system is watering only the areas intended, with no water running onto walks, streets or down the gutter.
  42. #179While cleaning sidewalks, a hose and nozzle use 8-12 gallons of water per minute. A pressurized Waterbroom® uses closer to 3 gallons.
  43. #180Inspect your landscape irrigation system regularly for leaks or broken sprinkler heads and adjust pressures to specification.
  44. #181Give your landscape proper amounts of irrigation water. Determine water needs, water deeply but infrequently, and adjust to the season.
  45. #182Establish a monthly water budget for your landscape based on the water needs of your plants.
  46. #183Limit turf areas at your facility. Instead, landscape using xeriscape principles to cut water use in half.
  47. #184Put decorative fountains on timers and use only during work or daylight hours. Check for leaks if you have automatic refilling devices.
  48. #185Wash company vehicles at commercial car washers that recycle water.
  49. #186Wash company vehicles as needed rather than on a schedule. Stretch out the time in between washes.
  50. #187Consider turning your high-maintenance water feature/fountain into a low-maintenance art feature or planter.
  51. #188When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They are more water and energy efficient.
  52. #189Support projects that use reclaimed wastewater for irrigation and industrial uses.
  53. #190When ice cubes are leftover from your drink, don’t throw them out. Pour them on a plant.

KIDS

  1. #1There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.
  2. #2When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  3. #5Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
  4. #8Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
  5. #11Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
  6. #15If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
  7. #18When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
  8. #19Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
  9. #24Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
  10. #25Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gallons per month.
  11. #32Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute. That’s up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
  12. #36Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month.
  13. #37When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.
  14. #38Take 5-minute showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water.
  15. #40Drop tissues in the trash instead of flushing them and save water every time.
  16. #42One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check your faucets and showerheads for leaks.
  17. #44Teach children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.
  18. #45Watch the Home Water Challenge video or use the Home Water Audit Calculator to see where you can save water.
  19. #46When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it most.
  20. #47Encourage your school system and local government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults.
  21. #48Play fun games while learning how to save water!
  22. #49Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
  23. #50Learn how to use your water meter to check for leaks.
  24. #51Reward kids for the water-saving tips they follow.
  25. #52Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.
  26. #55Be a leak detective! Check all hoses, connectors, and faucets regularly for leaks.
  27. #57See a leak you can’t fix? Tell a parent, teacher, employer, or property manager, or call a handyman.
  28. #58At home or while staying in a hotel, reuse your towels.
  29. #59Make suggestions to your employer or school about ways to save water and money.
  30. #60Run your washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  31. #123Don’t overfill the pool. Lower water levels will reduce water loss due to splashing.
  32. #124Keep water in the pool when playing, it will save water.
  33. #131Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car. You’ll save up to 100 gallons every time.
  34. #132Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.
  35. #133When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your non-edible plants.
  36. #134When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.
  37. #135Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways, and save water every time.

Gas Mileage Tips

Gas mileage tips from fueleconomy.gov can help you reduce the amount of gas you use. If you are already following these tips, you are probably getting the best gas mileage your car can deliver.

They also provide some useful links if you are interested in more information.

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