The Benner Township Water Authority was successful in obtaining a grant as part of the PA Small Water and Sewer Program administered through the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED). The grant was obtained for purchasing a generator to supply emergency power to the Grove Park development. The generator will be used to maintain power for system operation, water pressure, and energize the fire pump in case of emergencies during power outages. The generator has been received and the Spring-Benner-Walker Joint Authority (SBWJA) has begun planning for installation within the next month or two. More information to follow.
Did you recently get a letter stating that your water usage was higher than normal? There could be a logical reason for that and you may be aware of the increased use. However, if you are unsure why your home water usage has increased, here are a list of possible reasons that your water usage was higher:
- Watering your garden
- Sprinkler systems
- Putting water in your pool
- Extra people in the household taking showers and doing laundry
If none of these pertain to your situation there could be other reasons that your usage was high. Is your water softener running continuously? If your water softener is stuck in regeneration mode it is running water continuously thus spiking your water usage.
Another reason your water usage could be high is a leak – i.e. a leaking faucet or toilet. At times your toilet valve may malfunction and allow water to continue to flow down the drain. To test the toilet, place several drops of food coloring – red, green, blue – into the tank in the back. After 15 minutes look in the bowl, if you see the food coloring your toilet is leaking.
The best way to check for leaks is to turn all the water off in your home and wait a few minutes. Then go to your water meter and check to see if the dial is moving. If the dial is still moving even after the water is off then there is a leak and you should call your plumber for further assistance.
If you still aren’t sure please don’t hesitate to contact our Authority office.
Water usage facts that you probably did not know in regards to how much your daily tasks are actually using.
- Older toilets use 3.5 gallons per flush
- Dishwashers use 7 gallons per cycle
- Washing dishes by hand uses roughly 20 gallons
- It takes about 30 gallons to fill the bath tub, taking a shower uses less water
- Swimming pools naturally lose about 1,000 gallons per month due to evaporation
Other Related Links:
5 Facts about Water Use In your Home by Allstate
Residential Water Usage Facts by Katy News
Indoor Water Use At Home by Grace Communications Foundation
Statistics and Facts by EPA
100 Amazing Water Facts You Should Know by Seametrics