Lynn has a precious resource which is virtually unique in the region: its own water supply and its own treatment and distribution system, independent of any other community or regional authority. After a decade of effort, the quality of Lynn’s drinking water is now unsurpassed and the system provides a volume sufficient for all its residents and businesses. However, like other natural resources, the water supply is not endless.
The Lynn Water and Sewer Commission is committed to ensuring this vital resource in every way possible by protecting Lynn’s watershed lands, reservoirs and water distribution system and by encouraging conservation The Commission makes extensive efforts to save water from being wasted through leak detection and root invasion control programs for its hundreds of miles of pipeline. And many Lynn businesses and industries have their own water conservation programs which help the LWSC water supply.
The Commission helps residential customers by providing information on how to detect leaks and other ways to save water. Working together, we can continue to make a difference in protecting and improving our fresh water and ocean water environments.
Changing A Few Habits Can SAVE LOTS OF PRECIOUS WATER
We often think of water conservation in terms of summertime outdoor use, but the fact is most water is used inside the house, year-round. In the winter, nearly 100 percent is used indoors, but in the summer it’s still 70 percent of the total, so it pays to concentrate on indoor water conservation. Indoors, 75 percent of all water use is in the bathroom. That’s where your conservation habits can result in the greatest saving of water, and water bills.
Making these simple changes in a family’s habits can add up quickly:
- Take shorter showers. A shower wastes five to ten gallons of water for every unneeded minute, plus the energy to heat the hot water.
- When brushing your teeth, just wet the brush, fill a glass to rinse with, and turn off the water. There’s no need to keep water pouring down the drain.
- Rinse your razor. Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of warm water. It will rinse the blade just as well as running water, and far less wastefully.
- Pamper yourself with a bath. A partially filled tub uses less water than all but the shortest showers.
- Remember that the toilet isn’t a wastebasket. Each flush for a tissue or small bit of trash wastes five
For Pre-1980 Bathrooms: BIG WATER BILL SAVINGS
Most families consume 75% of their water using bathroom facilities, including 38% just flushing the toilet. Because older toilets use so much water, it’s likely that you can reduce your total water and sewer bill by 25 percent by installing a new low-flow toilet.
If your bathroom was built or remodeled before 1980, the odds are that the toilet uses between 5 and 7 gallons of water every time it is flushed. Some toilets installed after 1980 reduced the water per flush to about 3.5 gallons. But the new state-mandated toilets, which do a good job, use only 1.6 gallons of water for each flushing. That cuts the water use of an average family of four with an older toilet by more than 20,000 gallons per year.
Since the average family uses about 80,000 gallons of water a year, if you have a pre-1980 toilet, replace it with a new 1.6 gallon flush unit will cut your total water and sewer bill by about one quarter year after year. Not a bad investment!
Household water use averages 38% flushing the toilet, 22% taking showers, 15% using the tub and bathroom sink, 15% doing the laundry and 10% in the kitchen.
Concentrate your water conservation in the bathroom: install an ultra low-flow toilet, convert to a low-flow shower head, limit your shower to five minutes and don’t leave the water running while shaving or brushing your teeth. It’s money in the bank.