ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With temperatures expected to rise across the region, reaching into the
90s this weekend and next week, Missouri American Water is reminding
customers to use water wisely.
“From keeping hydrated to playing in water sprinklers, as well as
running air conditioning and watering lawns, water plays an important
role in warm-weather fun and responsibilities. We are proud of the
service we provide and want to be sure folks are using water wisely,”
said Andrew Clarkson, vice president of operations.
The following tips from Missouri American Water can help consumers use
water more efficiently, plus identify and prevent leaks, a significant
source of water waste.
Water your lawn only when it needs it. An easy way to tell is to
simply walk across the grass. If it springs back you don't need to
water, but if you leave footprints, it’s time to water.
Set your lawn mower one notch higher to make your lawn more
Consider using drip irrigation or a rain barrel to water your outdoor
plants, and water in the early morning. As much as 30 percent of water
can be lost to evaporation by watering during midday.
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your sidewalk, driveway or
Forego the hose and wash your car with a bucket and sponge instead,
which uses only a few gallons to do the job, while a hose left running
can waste as much as six gallons per minute.
Run dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are full and adjust
the water level of your washing machine to match the load size. If you
have a water-saver cycle, use it. In addition, newer, high-efficiency
washing machines use less than 27 gallons of water per load, compared
to between 27 and 54 gallons a load with traditional machines.
Keep a pitcher of cold tap water in the refrigerator. You will avoid
the cost and environmental impact of bottled water and you will have
cold water available for warm days without running the faucet.
A short shower is better than a bath. A full bathtub can require up to
70 gallons of water, while taking a 5-minute shower uses only 10 to 25
Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can save 8 gallons per
Regularly check your toilet, faucets and pipes for leaks and have them
fixed promptly. An easy test for toilet leaks from EPA WaterSense:
Place a drop of food coloring in the tank. If the color tints the
water in the bowl without flushing, there is a leak.
More wise water use tips can be found online here - https://amwater.com/moaw/water-information/wise-water-use.
Missouri American Water
Missouri American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is
the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing
high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to
approximately 1.5 million people.
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and
most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater
utility company. The company employs more than 6,700 dedicated
professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people
in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by