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QUESTION: DID THESE REGULATIONS GET APPROVED?

Cape Cod is blessed with an abundance of fresh water. We are accustomed to turning on our taps to fill pools, wash clothes and cars and irrigate our lawns and gardens. We usually do not give a second thought to household water consumption. As we grow as a community, we need to keep in mind how best to preserve and conserve this resource.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has established average daily household water usage at 65 gallons per person and can restrict or ban outside watering whenever the state Drought Management Task Force declares a drought advisory.
The “advisory” is the second level of five conditions of drought defined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan (Normal, Advisory, Watch, Warning and Emergency). The advisory level cautions about dry conditions that warrant closer monitoring by government agencies. It does not mean that drought conditions exist.

The restrictions outlined in the regulations will impact Sandwich Water District revenues, as less water will be available for purchase by district consumers.

Appliance Water Consumption Chart (Per Capita Per Day)

Fixture/End UseAvg. gallons per capita per dayIndoor use percent
Toilet18.530.9%
Clothes Washer1525.1%
Shower11.619.4%
Faucet10.918.2%
Other Domestic1.62.7%
Bath1.22.0%
Dishwasher11.7%
Indoor Total59.8100%
At present the Sandwich Water District average is 73 gallons per capita per day.

How can I help conserve?

You can help conserve by installing water saving plumbing fixtures, and appliances. The table below gives an estimate of just how much can be saved when you replace conventional fixtures with modern low flow fixtures.

Appliance Water Consumption Chart (Per Min / Per Use)

Vintage Toilet*4-6 gals per flush
Conventional Toilet**3.5 gals per flush
Low Flow Toilet***1.6 gals per flush
Conventional Showerhead3–10 gals per min
Low Flow Showerhead2-2.5 gals per min
Faucet Aerator3-6 gals per min
Flow Regulating Aerator0.5-2.5 gals per min
Top Loading Washer40-55 gals per load
Front Loading Washer22-25 gals per load
* Manufactured before 1978
** Manufactured between 1978 and 1993
*** Manufactured after 1994

Conservation

QUESTION: DID THESE REGULATIONS GET APPROVED?

Cape Cod is blessed with an abundance of fresh water. We are accustomed to turning on our taps to fill pools, wash clothes and cars and irrigate our lawns and gardens. We usually do not give a second thought to household water consumption. As we grow as a community, we need to keep in mind how best to preserve and conserve this resource.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has established average daily household water usage at 65 gallons per person and can restrict or ban outside watering whenever the state Drought Management Task Force declares a drought advisory.
The “advisory” is the second level of five conditions of drought defined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan (Normal, Advisory, Watch, Warning and Emergency). The advisory level cautions about dry conditions that warrant closer monitoring by government agencies. It does not mean that drought conditions exist.

The restrictions outlined in the regulations will impact Sandwich Water District revenues, as less water will be available for purchase by district consumers.

Appliance Water Consumption Chart (Per Capita Per Day)

Fixture/End UseAvg. gallons per capita per dayIndoor use percent
Toilet18.530.9%
Clothes Washer1525.1%
Shower11.619.4%
Faucet10.918.2%
Other Domestic1.62.7%
Bath1.22.0%
Dishwasher11.7%
Indoor Total59.8100%
At present the Sandwich Water District average is 73 gallons per capita per day.

How can I help conserve?

You can help conserve by installing water saving plumbing fixtures, and appliances. The table below gives an estimate of just how much can be saved when you replace conventional fixtures with modern low flow fixtures.

Appliance Water Consumption Chart (Per Min / Per Use)

Vintage Toilet*4-6 gals per flush
Conventional Toilet**3.5 gals per flush
Low Flow Toilet***1.6 gals per flush
Conventional Showerhead3–10 gals per min
Low Flow Showerhead2-2.5 gals per min
Faucet Aerator3-6 gals per min
Flow Regulating Aerator0.5-2.5 gals per min
Top Loading Washer40-55 gals per load
Front Loading Washer22-25 gals per load
* Manufactured before 1978
** Manufactured between 1978 and 1993
*** Manufactured after 1994

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