Utility Newsletter

Spring is here, and we are all happy about the warm weather. But, with the warm weather comes the potential for flooding. Luckily, most sewer back-ups and overflows can be prevented. Here are some helpful tips to help keep your basements dry this Spring.

Sanitary sewer systems are designed to handle three things: used water, human body waste, and toilet paper. You can do some simple things that will help the City protect water quality and maintain the sewer system in Kilkenny.

Actions You Can Take to Prevent Sewer Overflows:
• Collect grease in a container and dispose of it in the garbage.
• Do NOT pour grease, fats, and oils from cooking down the sink drain.
• Place food scraps in waste containers or garbage bags for disposal with your weekly garbage collection or placed your food scraps in a compost pile.
• Do NOT use the sewer system as a means to dispose of food scraps.
• Place a wastebasket in the bathroom to dispose of garbage. Disposable diapers, and personal hygiene products do not belong in the sewer system.
•Do NOT use the toilet as a wastebasket.

These suggestions can save you money! Most sewer back-ups occur between the house and the City’s sewer main. If there is a blocked sewer service between the house and the City’s sewer main, the property owner is responsible for correcting the problem. Avoiding blockages means avoiding plumbing bills!

Actions You Can Take to Conserve Water and Save Money

• Check faucets and pipes for leaks. A small drip from a worn faucet can waste 20 gallons of water per day.
• Check toilets for leaks. Put a little food coloring in your tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately. Most replacement parts are inexpensive and easy to install.
• Install low flow shower heads and low flow faucet aerators
• Use your dishwasher and clothes washer only for full loads

In 1990, 30 states reported water-stress conditions. In 2000, the number of states reporting water-stress rose to 40. In 2009 the number rose to 45. There is a worsening trend in water supply nationwide. Taking measures at home not only saves you money, it also is of benefit to the greater community.

All community water systems must distribute a drinking water report, officially known as a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), annually, to their customers. The report for the City of Kilkenny is available upon request and posted at designated locations.