Every summer the Franklin DPW puts a mandatory water conservation measure in place (bylaw amendment 88-124; Chapter 178, Article VI). Such measures are needed to limit the daily demand on the water system to ensure adequate water is available to meet the public health and safety needs of the Town. This measure is necessary to maintain the water levels in the tanks for fire protection and normal consumption. During the summer months Franklin experiences excessively high demands for water due to lawn and garden watering. There have been 24-hour periods during which water consumption has been more than twice our average daily water usage for the year. Because of the tremendous increase in the demand for water and State restrictions on the amount of water that can be pumped daily, the Town of Franklin must place mandatory water conservation measures in effect for lawn watering during the summer months.
Save Water By Fixing Leaks
Leaky plumbing fixtures can waste significant water; a dripping faucet can waste 20 gallons of water per day, while a toilet leak can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. These leaks can be difficult to detect and are typically caused by a bad flapper valve, flapper valve seat, ballcock valve, an improperly positioned float arm, or defective overflow tube. To determine if you have a leak in your toilet, stop by the Franklin DPW for a complimentary leak detection kit!
Every Drop Counts!
Did you know that the average American uses 100 gallons of water every day? We can all reduce our water use by as much as 30 percent by taking a few simple steps, such as installing WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures and using water efficiently in our yards. The town of Franklin pumped over 990,000,000 gallons of water last year. The DPW is committed to protecting the future of our national and local water supplies through water-efficient practices, products, and services. That is why we are partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring you WaterSense, a national program that offers people a simple way to make product choices that use less water and perform as well, or better, than your existing products.