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Last week we outlined the findings of the 2017 Annual Water Reports for Lincoln and Omaha. We found out some important facts, the most important of which is that our water is safe to drink straight from the faucet. Thanks, Nebraska water management facilities! However, the reports tell us more than simply whether or not our water is safe to drink. This week, we’re combing through some of the other information provided by the annual reports, including where our drinking water comes from, conservations tips, and other quick facts about Nebraska’s water systems!

Where does our water come from?
In Nebraska, the water we drink comes from a myriad of sources. According to the Omaha report from MUD, water is supplied by the Dakota sandstone aquifer and the Missouri and Platte Rivers. That means that three types of sources are used to supply water to the city: groundwater via the aquifer, groundwater under-the-influence of surface water via the Platte, and surface water via the Missouri.

Lincoln’s water source, on the other hand, is primarily groundwater found underneath the Platte River near Ashland, according to their report. The report goes on to say, “In 2017, more than 12.3 billion gallons of water was pumped from these wells to serve the 280,369 people who use an average of about 33.8 million gallons of water each day.”

Conservation tips
Both reports offered tips on how to conserve water: one of our most precious natural resources. Here are a couple of our favorites from both reports:

– Shorten showers to 5 minutes or fewer. This should limit water waste to about 10-25 gallons as opposed to upwards of 50 or 60 for longer showers.

– Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator so you spend less time running the tap for cold water.

– Water lawns either in the evening or early morning to reduce evaporation.

– Check hose connections, faucets, and other water sources in your home for leaks. A single leaky hose can waste over 300 gallons of water in an hour, while a faucet with a leak can waste upwards of 30 gallons per month just with a slow drip!

– Use a broom to clear sidewalks and driveways of debris instead of water during warmer months.

Individuals who may need additional water treatment
There are certain instances where additional water treatment may be necessary for an individual even though Nebraska water systems passed all testing. One example cited in both reports is individuals undergoing dialysis treatment. Even minor water impurities can affect these individuals in drastic ways. However, if you’re considering installing additional water treatment in your home, both reports also stress the importance of replacing the filter within the correct time frame. That’s why Quality Water Services stresses the importance of filter replacement with our annual filter replacement reminders. Not replacing your filter within the correct time parameters is the most common reason people experience issues in their home.

Thanks for catching up on this week’s water news. If you’re looking to buy or rent a high quality water softener, iron filter, or reverse osmosis system, call Quality Water Services today to talk about your options. We look forward to helping you get the purest water possible in your home.