It’s a Toilet, Not a Trash can!

Toilets are designed for one purpose – and we all know what that is! Toilets and city drainage systems are engineered to carry only items that “break down” in water. Toilet paper dissolves in water. Paper towels do not. Being aware of things that don’t break down (which is just about everything but natural waste and tissue), and never flushing these items, is the only way to prevent overflows and save on costly repairs – and preserve our city sewer lines from unnecessary repairs and maintenance.
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Be Prepared for Winter

In the wintertime, special precautions must be taken to prevent pipes from freezing. Follow these simple tips and reduce your chances of costly repairs or damage to your property:

– Disconnect all garden hoses from outdoor valves. Hoses trap water in valves, not allowing them to drain properly, increasing the chance of a freeze split.

– Insulate all bare or exposed pipe and fittings. Exposure to outdoor air or the elements greatly increases chances of freezing. Be aware of vents under homes that are located close to pipes, especially uninsulated pipes.
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Water News

Phoenix considering water options amid climate-change worries

Source: The Arizona Republic, Betty Reid

Phoenix is well-supplied with water, so long as the state’s ongoing drought doesn’t worsen, the city’s water department says. Water Services Department has asked the City Council to consider several options if a catastrophic drought does occur.

The Department projects the nation’s sixth largest city should have enough water to last another century – provided temperatures don’t spike upward. Arizona experienced low rainfall and low snow levels in the mountains this year.
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Eliminating Odors

Tip #1. Garbage disposals can smell bad due to decaying foodstuffs caught in the blades. To better clean your disposal, we recommend periodically making a “soap shake” in the disposal itself. To do this, empty a tray of ice into the unit, apply a little dish soap, then with the cold water running just slightly, turn the disposal on until the icy mixture disappears. Voila! A clean disposal. Also, if you don’t use the disposal often, it’s a good idea to turn it on occasionally with the water running at maximum flow – to wash away debris.
Tip #2. If there is a fixture in your home that you don’t use regularly, such as a guest shower, pour water down the drain once in a while; just a half gallon or so will do. This “primes the p-trap,” meaning it replaces evaporated water to the water seal below the fixture, which prevents sewer gases and bugs from entering the home.

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