Survive the Heat and Conserve Your Water

HOT WEATHER IS HERE! PLEASE TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IN KEEPING YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR PETS SAFE. AND HELP TO CONSERVE WATER.

A FEW TIPS:
Stay indoors or in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible. Drink plenty of fluids. Never leave a person or pet in a parked vehicle. Check on your neighbors.

IF YOU GO OUTSIDE:
Plan strenuous outdoor activities for early or late in the day. Take frequent breaks. Wear sunscreen. At first signs of heat illness, move to a cooler location, rest for a few minutes and seek medical attention if necessary.

COOLING STATION IN RIDGEFIELD:
The Church of the Nazarene at 747 Pioneer Street in downtown Ridgefield will be open as a cooling station – a place to rest and have a drink of water – on Wednesday (8/2) and Thursday (8/3) from 9:00-5:00PM and Friday (8/4) from 9:00-1:00PM.

CONSERVE YOUR WATER:
With a high demand for water due to the hot weather, the City is requesting that residents be mindful of water use and conserve water whenever possible:

  • Refrain from watering your lawn when temperatures are over 100 degrees to save water for household use. When temperatures are cooler, water on odd/even days of the month based on the last digit of your address (odd/even) to reduce daily demands.
  • Water your lawn in the evening or early morning to prevent irrigation water from evaporating away.
  • Make sure hoses and sprinklers are watering plants and your lawn, not the side of your house or paved areas.
  • When watering your lawn, an inch of water per week is enough to keep lawns green. Overwatering is the #1 waste of water in the summer, and the leading cause of disease and insect problems.

HOME WATER CONSERVATION TIPS:

  • Run your dishwasher only when it is full.
    Only wash full loads of laundry, and use the proper water level setting.
    Fix leaky faucets immediately.  A leaky faucet, dripping once per second, wastes six gallons of water a day.
    Take shorter showers and use less water in your bath.
    Check toilets for leaks.
    Install water-efficient toilets, faucets, and showerheads. Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle along with a bucket of soapy water to wash the car.
    Sweep driveways, sidewalks and porches rather than washing to not only conserve water, but to avoid runoff.  Washing the pavement for 60 minutes wastes 300 gallons of water.

For more information and tips about staying cool and surviving the heat, see the Clark Regional Emergency Services website.