Water Tips and Facts from Morton Water Department
Prepare for Cold Weather ... During periods of extreme temperatures below freezing, keep the pipes flowing by opening doors under cabinets and
leave a pencil size stream of water running in your sink. It is also advisable to insulate or add heat tape to unprotected water pipes and meters.
NEVER use an open flame or torch to unthaw frozen water pipes.
Use a hairdryer, it's much safer for you and your pipes.
Be Water Wise ... Insulate your water heater and hot water pipes,
less water will be wasted before the
hot water flows.
Your energy bill will thank-you, also.
Be Water Wise ... If you turn off the tap water when you shave or brush your teeth; repair leaky faucets; install low-flow toilets, showerheads and faucet aerators,
you'll cut your household water consumption by up to 30%.
(Source: Residential Water End Use Study, AWWARF & AWWA, 1999)
Be Water Wise ... Repair dripping faucets and leaking toilets. Leaks can waste over 8,000 gallons of water each year.
Visit the Water Wiser web site at
to calculate drips in your house.
Be Water Wise ... When landscaping, use plants native to your area since
they can normally survive on rainfall alone. Design your landscape with
zones that group plants with similar water needs for easier and
more efficient watering.
For more information on native Illinois plants go to:
Illinois Native Plant Society
(Native to Illinois)
Be Water Wise ... On average, 60% of household water is used outdoors for watering lawns and gardens. Water your yard early in the morning and later in the evening instead of during the hotter mid-day time and save upwards of 30% of the water typically lost to evaporation.
Did You Know? ... For the price of a two-liter bottle soda, the Village of Morton
can deliver 1,000 gallons of treated water to your home.
Q. Is bottled water safer than tap water?
A. The Federal Drug Administration oversees bottled water, but it is not subject to the same rigorous monitoring and testing as tap water.
Myth: There are more pollutants in drinking water
today than there were 25 years ago.
Fact: Unlike 25 years ago, we now have sophisticated testing
instruments that enable us to know more about our water than ever before.
With this knowledge, the drinking water community is taking steps
to treat what's in our water and to curb the flow of pollution
and keep our water safe and wholesome.
Did You Know? ... There is the same amount of water on the Earth
as there was when the Earth was formed. The water from your faucet
could contain molecules that dinosaurs drank!