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EPA- Water Sence-What Is Fix a Leak Week?
Because minor water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared Fix a Leak Week 2015, March 16–22, 2015,. Fix a Leak Week is sponsored by EPA’s WaterSense® program as an annual reminder to Americans to check household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. To learn more or visit the EPA Watersense website Cougar Irrigation is a EPA Water sense Partner and is determined to reduce your water usage in anyway possible.
Monthly System Checks
Winter Wastewater Averaging Periods
Waste water averaging for City of Austin water customers starts Nov 16th. Running your irrigation system during the City of Austin waste water averaging period, could cost you a lot. During the winter months, most lawns and plants have a minimal water requirement that can be met by mother nature's rainfall alone. If you are a typical irrigation user, this added "waste water penalty" would cost you $500 extra throughout the year. Considering that the typical "non-waste water" usage rate is only $2.20 per 0-2,000 gallons, and $4.70 for 2001-6,000 the penalty for running your irrigation system during these months is $110-125 per every 1,000 gallons of water you use during these months. That is a STEEP penalty.
How can that be? Well, City of Austin waste water is charged out at a fixed rate of $10.30 per 1,000 gallons based on your water usage during this 3 month period. The calculation takes the average of the 3 “winter” months and uses this as the basis for the following 12 months waste water average charge. $9.13 x 12 months = $110 for every 1,000 gallons you use during these 3 winter months. Now you understand the importance of conservation in regards to you r pocket book. High water users will feel the pinch even more since doubling the usage doubles the penalty you pay all year long. * Typically user based on 4,000 gallons of household usage and 5,000 gallons of irrigation usage per month. High usage considered 15,000 gallons per month. If you are exceeding 20,000 gallons per month, please call us and schedule a irrigation water audit. We can create and seasonal water budget and irrigation programming that will keep you landscape happy and healthy, while keeping more money in your pocket.
more information go to the City of Austin Website. Click here
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City of Austin (Austin
Water Utility) http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/water/wwaverage/wwaverage.cfm
you have either your METER READ DATE or your BILLING CYCLE NUMBER
City of Austin Residential Irrigation Rebate Program
How the program works:
For more info on the program and rebates, see the City of Austin website. http://www.cityofaustin.org/watercon/irrigationrebate.htm
Tracking drought blends science and art. No single definition of drought works for all circumstances, so people rely on drought indices to detect and measure droughts. But no single index works under all circumstances, either. That's why we need the Drought Monitor, a synthesis of multiple indices and impacts that represents a consensus of federal and academic scientists. The product will be refined over time as we find ways to make it better reflect the needs of decision-makers and others who use the information. See detailed report for the U.S. Drought Monitor of Texas.
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