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The Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2017

In the event of a leak or water/sewer problem, contact Maryland Environmental Services at 1-800-669-7080. For meter reading and billing questions contact Sudlersville Town Office at 410-438-3465.

• a drippy faucet that leaks 1 drop per second wastes 2,000+ gallons per year
• a running toilet wastes 200 gallons per day
• an average shower uses 20-30 gallons of water each usage
• water sprinkler will use 300 gallons of water per hour

• cut daily shower time by 5 minutes to save 9,000 gallons of water per year
• turn off water while brushing teeth to save 6 gallons per day
• washing your vehicle for 10 minutes with an unrestricted hose will use 80 gallons of water per wash

Indoor tips to conserve:

• turn faucets off when not in use; for example turn, faucet off while brushing teeth
• repair all leaking faucets, pipes, and toilets
• defrost frozen food in refrigerator or microwaves instead of running hot water over it
• dispose of toxic chemicals properly; do not pour them down the drain
• install water saving fixtures (low consumption toilets, efficient faucets and showerheads)
• take a quick shower instead of a bath (savings of 20 gallons of water)
• clean vegetables in a sink or pan partially filled with water rather than running the tap
• re-use water from washing vegetables to water plants
• insulate water pipes
• instead of waiting for water to be cold enough to drink; keep water in refrigerator
• compost food scraps or dispose of them in the garbage instead of using disposal
• only run dishwasher when full
• cut back on amount of rinsing before loading dishwasher
• only run washer when you have a full load; or adjust water level accordingly

Outdoor tips to conserve:

• water lawn early in the morning or at night to avoid excess evaporation
• only water lawn when it shows signs of needing water; overwatering is bad for plants and lawns; it promotes shallow root growth, make your lawn less hardy
• cover swimming pools to minimize the loss of water through evaporation
• sweep sidewalks or driveways instead of using a hose
• install efficient irrigation devices that can be adjusted according to the lawn's needs
• do not leave sprinklers or hoses on unattended
• maintain a lawn height of 2.5 to 3 inches to help protect the roots from heat stress and reduce the loss of moisture to evaporation
• water in several short sessions versus one long session - this allows the ground to absorb the water
• check sprinkler system and hoses periodically for leaks and keep nozzle heads in good repair
• make sure sprinkler is placed to only water the lawn not the sidewalk and street
• avoid sprinklers that spray a fine mist, which increases evaporation
• wash vehicle with a bucket of soapy water and use a nozzle to stop the flow of water between rinsing
• consider washing vehicle on the lawn if possible to reduce runoff