Drought warning spurs request for decrease in water usage

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a drought warning for Franklin County.  Franklin County is currently five inches below normal rainfall for the year and no significant rainfall is in sight for the next few weeks.  

To comply with DEP's recommendations, the Greencastle Area, Franklin County, Water Authority, along with the Borough of Greencastle, is asking water customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 10-15 percent.  Customers are asked to reduce water consumption through all means possible to meet this goal.

DEP offers the following tips for conserving water around the home:

• In the bathroom.

• Install low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on faucets.

• Check for household leaks — a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day.

• Take short showers instead of baths.

• Kitchen/laundry areas.

• Replace older appliances with high efficiency, front loading models that use about 30 percent less water and 40-50 percent less energy.

• Run dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads.

• Keep water in the refrigerator to avoid running water from a faucet until it is cold.

The department also offers water conservation recommendations for commercial and industrial users such as food processors, hotels and motels, schools and colleges, as well as water audit procedures for large water customers.

Water conservation tips and drought information can be found online at www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: drought

For details, contact the borough office at 717-597-7143.