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2015 Consumer Confidence Report is Available

Norman water utility customers will soon receive an insert in their utilities bill with a link to the online version of the 2015 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) for the Norman Water System. The report is available at www.normanwater.com.

The annual report is required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The purpose of the report is to inform the public regarding water quality, consumer demand, and methods of conserving water. The water treatment plant tests the water throughout the treatment process every day to ensure it meets the National Drinking Water Standards set by the EPA.

Paper copies of the report are available at city hall at 201 W. Gray or can be requested by contacting the Water Treatment Division at 321-2182 or by email at wtp_admin@normanok.gov.

The CCR is the Water Utilities Department’s opportunity to make Norman customers aware that their water meets all EPA drinking water standards. “Our goal is to provide high quality, safe drinking water for the community and to provide information about ways our customers can conserve this vital resource,” said Ken Komiske, utilities director.

Tips for conserving water include:

• Use Norman’s odd even water conservation program for lawn watering. The odd/even schedule provides for watering on odd days for customers with an address that ends in an odd number, and even days for even numbered addresses.
• Take brief showers and/or open faucets half or three-quarters open to minimize the total water use per shower. Installing a simple restrictor in the shower head or installing a low water use shower head can reduce water use by 25 to 35 percent. Only opening the faucets part way will accomplish the same thing with no cost or installation required.
• Place plastic bottles or bags filled with water and a few stones in the toilet tank to reduce the volume of water used with each flush. There are also alternatives of toilet dams or low water use toilets available. These may reduce the total water used by 5 to 20 gallons per day. If the toilet is a newer model, it probably is a low water use model, and reducing the volume of water per flush may cause improper flushing.
• Encourage the use of faucet aerators on all kitchen and bathroom faucets, as these reduce the water flow while enhancing the rinsing action of the faucet stream.
• Use automatic dishwashers sparingly and only for full loads. Most dishwashers use 20 to 30 gallons per wash, and most or all of it is hot water. By washing only full loads or hand washing small amounts, you will save in both water and energy. When cleaning dishes for the dishwasher, wipe them out with a paper towel or napkin rather than rinsing to save from 3 to 5 gallons.
• Wash only full loads of clothes, or match the water setting of the washer to the size of the load.
• Use a nozzle with a cutoff feature on your garden hose when washing your car or other outdoor items. This will let you cut off the water flow when not needed.
• Sweep driveways or patios rather than hosing them off, unless they border a flower bed or garden. If so, you can wash so the water will run to the garden or flower bed.
• Plant trees, shrubs and ornamentals that are adapted to dry conditions. Mulch around plants and shrubs to help limit evaporation and retain water. Use sprinklers sparingly and water after the sun goes down to limit evaporation. Where possible, use soaker hoses which are more efficient than sprinklers.
• Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator for a cool drink. Do not run the faucet to chill the water.
• If you have a swimming pool, cover it when not in use to control evaporation.
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