Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bad advice in Hailey

    Out of curiosity, I did a small experiment. I ran my water at a trickle as suggested by the city of Hailey, and found out that it uses three gallons-plus per hour. Simple math equates that to 72 gallons per day, 2,160 gallons per month, 2,160,000 per 1,000 households per month. This is in a city that installed water meters and offers discounts on sewer fees to encourage water conservation. I currently use about 1,000 gallons of water per winter month; the “trickle” would triple my water consumption, thus increasing my sewer and my water charges.
    The city also wants the water to be run outside as to not overwhelm the treatment plant. Does anybody know what 8,000 gallons of water looks like frozen in your yard right next to the house foundation—not a good thing. The potential for spring thaw water seeping into basements and crawl spaces is very real.
Ray Powell

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