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Council's Corner: Water conservation begins with each of us

April 12, 2017

If you're not looking forward to the heat and humidity the summer months bring ... think rain and how blessed we are to have such a long rainy season.

Record setting heat and dry weather is depleting our ground and wells of water. Currently, water conservation is a great concern in Lehigh Acres as many of its residents rely on well water for their homes. Due to the lack of rainfall, the aquifer that supplies well water is falling below normal range. Some household wells in Lehigh Acres have already dried up or are experiencing concerns about future availability.

As a result of these decreasing levels, many people have to learn the hard way, how deep their well is or if the pump is submerged underneath the current water level of their well. When a well pump is no longer immersed in well water, there is an automatic shut of switch that works as a failsafe to prevent burn out.

However, if power is not cut off to the well pump at the junction box, the pump will continue to cycle on and off intermittently till the pump fails. If you notice a sudden drop in water pressure, call a licensed plumber to check your well and pump. Your plumber will check the depth of your well, the water level and make recommendations.

Here are a few water conservation tips:

- Turning off the water while shaving or brushing teeth saves up to 200 gallons a week.

- Showers under five minutes saves up to 1,000 gallons a month.

- Wash only full loads of dishes. Scrape rather than rinse your dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.

- Monitor water sources for leaks. Usage is significantly reduced by repairing faucets and toilets. A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons per day.

Safety during this dry period is also of concern, be cautious and aware of possible fire hazards. Watering your lawn is allowed twice a week. Odd house numbers (1,3,5,7,9) are allowed watering on Wednesday and Saturday. Even house numbers (0,2,4,6,8) are allowed watering on Thursday and Sunday. No watering is allowed on Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays.

Watering times are between midnight to 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. to midnight. The recommended length of time is 20 to 30 minutes. Using this schedule faithfully will keep the ground around your home from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.

Keeping Lehigh Acres safe from fires during this dry time of year is of utmost importance to the residents of the entire community. We hope everyone does their part in creating and maintaining a safe environment.

The Lehigh Acres Community Council works to keep local matters of concern in front of the Lee County Commission's view. New members with ideas and positive input are welcome. Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Lehigh Acres Sheriff's Office East District substation, at 1301 Homestead Road N. For information, email



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