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Drought Watch Remains for 36 Counties, DEP Asks for Continued Voluntary Water Conservation

 2022 09 Drought

"The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today after a meeting of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force that, despite recent rainfall, 36 counties remain on drought watch, with continued voluntary water conservation requested."

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Below we have provided information on how you can stop indoor/outdoor leaks on your property and avoid the price of your billing statement to go up.

RS&W’s staff is on-call 7 days per week; 24 hours per day. If you have a water or sewer emergency, call (570) 698-6162 to leave your name, lot number, and phone number where you can be reached and your call will be returned promptly. Please do not use our email, fax, or other means to alert us to an emergency since those systems are not set up to handle time-sensitive issues outside of normal business hours.

Easy Ways to Conserve

1. When waiting for cold tap water to warm up, capture wasted water in a pitcher or watering can to water plants, refrigerate for drinking, use for cooking, or give to pets.

2. Fix Leaks. A faucet that drips can waste thousands of gallons of water per year. Most leaks are easy to repair. Replace worn washers or valve seats.

3. Reuse water when you can. A bucket in the shower can catch water for plants and clean-up jobs.

4. Watch how much water you use when doing dishes, brushing teeth, and showering. Follow the easy tips in this article to use less.

Recycling Used Oil

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A leaking pipe or fixture within your home will increase the water usage as measured by your water meter. If you receive a high water bill or notice an increase in usage, we suggest you look at your faucets and toilets to see if a small leak is present. A large amount of water can flow through the meter due to a leaky faucet or toilet.

To check for leaks, look at the red triangle on your water meter at a time when you are not running water. If the dial is spinning slowly, there is most likely a small leak. Toilets can be checked for leaks by placing a few drops of food coloring into the water hold tank and seeing if any color seeps into the toilet bowl. You should also try to shut off the water supply to the toilet and see if the red triangle on the water meter stops spinning.

If you will be away from the home for a while, note the reading on your water meter before you leave, then check it again when you return to see if the reading has changed. Fixing these leaks will save both water and money.




If your toilet is not a low-flow model, you can install a water-saving displacement device in the tank to reduce the amount of water needed to flush. Flush only when necessary.

Washing Clothes

Match your washer’s water level to your load size. Repair any leaks from faucets, hose connections, or pipes. Look for water-efficient models when purchasing a new machine.

Showers and Sinks

Try a faucet aerator on your sink to reduce water while maintaining flow. Take shallow baths. Keep showers short and use a low flow showerhead. A flow restrictor lets you maintain the faucet setting and shut off water at the showerhead while soaping or shampooing.

Doing Dishes

When you wash dishes by hand, use basins rather than running water. Soak pots and pans before washing. If you use a dishwasher, run only full loads and avoid extra cycles.

Preparing Food

Thaw frozen food in your refrigerator. Wash food in a basin, not under the tap.



The water service line to your home may develop a leak, and this will not show up as usage on your meter. Underground leaks do not always show up as a stream of flowing water on the surface. If you notice a puddle that doesn’t go away in dry weather or an area that has become soft and squishy compared to the surrounding area, then that could indicate a leak in the water service line.

An underground water leak can cause significant damage to your home and property if it is not addressed and wasting water ends up costing all of us in the end, so please contact us immediately if you suspect a leak is present.

While a large water main break can sometime be very obvious, water leaks are not always that easy to find. Water leaking in a toilet, in a yard, or under a street may go undetected for a long time and waste a vast amount of water. Our personnel search for suspected leaks, but sometimes they notice signs of a water leak while doing other tasks or even just driving to work. By following the tips below, you can help find leaks yourself, which can save you money, prevent damage to your property, and help conserve our vital drinking water.



Driveways, Sidewalks, and Walkways

Instead of the hose, use a broom or leaf blower to remove dead leaves and other debris.

Hoses and Faucets

Repair all leaks and install a water-saving shutoff nozzle that can be adjusted to fit the task at hand.


Minimize lawn space and plant drought-tolerant natives.

Your Vehicle

Wash your vehicle at a car wash so the water can be properly recycled. The help and cooperation of every resident is critical to preserving the Hideout water supply. RS&W sincerely appreciates your conservation efforts through this critical time. Thank you!

Help Protect Water Quality

Many of our water supplies are threatened by contaminants. Here’s how you can help protect the quality of your supply:

Around the House

Look for nontoxic alternatives for household products, and properly use and store all toxic products, including cleaners, solvents, and paints. Take unwanted pharmaceuticals and household hazardous materials to a local collection site for disposal.

In the Garden

Switch from garden chemicals to nontoxic alternatives. Use chemicals carefully and sparingly in accordance with labels and dispose of them at a collection center. Use a broom or rake rather than a hose to clean up garden clippings.

Your Vehicles

Take used motor oil and antifreeze to a proper collection center. Have your vehicle inspected and maintained regularly to reduce leakage of oil, antifreeze, and other fluids. Wash your car at a car wash so the water can be properly recycled.

In the Kitchen

Compost food waste when possible. Putting food waste, oils, and grease down the drain burdens wastewater treatment plants and affects aquatic life and water quality downstream.
Please help us protect this vital resource!