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Union County Asks Residents to Take Water Conservation Challenge

Posted on 08/04/16

MONROE, N.C. (August 4, 2016) -- Currently, warm conditions and low streamflow have put the Catawba-Wateree Basin in drought watch. The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) announced that dry weather conditions and warm temperatures have placed the basin in a drought watch stage that alerts the CW-DMAG members to monitor conditions more closely. Therefore, it is important that we use our water wisely and not waste it. Union County is asking community members to take its water conservation challenge and pledge to commit to two simple water saving behaviors so that we can help conserve one of our most precious resources.

Water conservation requires forethought and effort, but every little bit helps, so don't think that what you do does not matter. We can all make changes in our lifestyles that will make an impact on water usage. Below are two ways that everyone can help conserve water for our community. During the next 30 days, Union County is challenging you and your family to commit to these two tactics. By accepting this challenge, you will help save hundreds of gallons over the course of the month.

  • Take a five-minute-or-less shower = 4 gallons per minute.
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth, washing hands, or shaving = 4 gallons per minute.

Additionally, Union County will provide more water-saving tips on its Facebook page over the course of the month. Please consider taking the water conservation challenge and incorporating these tips into your everyday life to help keep a healthy water supply for years to come.

About Union County Public Works
Union County Public Works (UCPW) provides water supply, wastewater treatment, solid waste management and facilities management services to the unincorporated areas and many of the incorporated areas of Union County. UCPW is the water and wastewater utility service provider to all of the municipalities in Union with the exception of Monroe, Marshville, and Wingate. UCPW has nearly 120 employees and a total operating budget of approximately $33 million which is primarily funded through rates and fees charged for services. UCPW receives only a small portion of revenue from the tax supported general fund for the Facilities Management Division.


Contact:
Brookes Versaggi
Community Relations Manager
Department of Public Works 500 North Main Street, Suite 600
Monroe, North Carolina 28112
brookes.versaggi@unioncountync.gov