Hot, dry weather makes water conservation necessary
As the hot weather continues and there is no rain in the forecast, we
all need to be mindful of outdoor water use. Heavy water use during the
day causes a drop in pressure, and reduced use at night causes an
increase in pressure. This makes it difficult to maintain the Township
water system and can cause the water pipes to break.
The Department of Public Works urges each customer to follow the
odd/even rule for irrigation. Residents with odd-numbered addresses
should water on odd-numbered days and those with even-numbered addresses
on even days. Please water from 11 PM to 5 AM when use of the system is
lowest. This will help preserve the water system, ensure adequate water
for firefighting, and help hold down water bills.
Water Facts and Figures
2.5 billion gallons of drinking water are purchased
annually from Southeast Oakland County Water Authority
7 million gallons of drinking water are delivered per day
to Township customers.
295 miles of Township-owned piping deliver the drinking
65% of all drinking water used in the summer is for
outdoor purposes, primarily watering lawns & gardens as well
as washing cars.
One leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons per day or
A leak as little as 1/16th of an inch can waste over 800
gallons of water per day.
Why Do We Purchase Water from SOCWA?
In July of 2011, the Township began purchasing water from
Southeast Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA) instead of
directly from Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD).
It was projected that DWSD’s rates would be increasing by
over 10% that year and that increase would have been passed
on to Township customers. By purchasing water through SOCWA
we were able to avoid that rate increase and hold the water
rate steady in 2011. Moving into the future, we hope that
being a customer of SOCWA will help us to stabilize our cost
for water and keep our water rates from increasing
excessively in the future.
How Safe is Our Water?
In 1974 Congress passed the national Safe Drinking Water
Act that authorized the Environmental Protection Agency to
regulate contaminants that presented health risks in the
nation’s drinking water supplies. These regulations were
amended in 1986 and in 1996 to place more stringent
regulations onto the water purveyor. Both the DWSD and
Bloomfield Township must make sure they are in compliance
with these standards.
Click here to view the
Water Quality Report (CCR).
Why Conserve Water?
1. Lowering the Township’s maximum daily and peak water
demands may result in lowering the rate charged by SOCWA.
2. Reducing water usage during peak demand periods will
provide better reliability of the system’s operating
pressures for fire prevention.
How Can I Conserve Water?
1. Set your automatic sprinkling system so it runs between
11:00 PM and 5:00 AM on any desired day.
2. Water lawns every other day. Homeowners with addresses
ending in odd numbers should water outdoors only on odd
numbered calendar days; those with even-numbered address
should use water outdoors on even calendar days.
3. Check faucets and toilets for leaks.
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