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Water Conservation Tips

By Rory Jose - roryj@landings.org
Marinas Director

Because 71% of the Earth is covered in water, some may wonder why we should conserve this natural resource. Did you know that 97 percent of all water on Earth is saltwater? Only 3% of Earth’s water is fresh water, and a mere 0.5% is available for drinking. The other 2.5% of fresh water is locked in ice caps, glaciers, the atmosphere, soil, under the Earth’s surface, or is too polluted for consumption.

At the Marinas, we do our best to conserve water, but we need your help. Last year, Landings Harbor used 531,000 gallons of water, and at Delegal Creek we used 367,000 gallons. As many of you know, in 2018, we installed timers in the wash rack area to help conserve water. The timers continue to be used this year and will be updated with new ones as needed. Staff also purchased a saltwater trash pump for Delegal and are primarily using saltwater to wash the docks.

GOOD NEWS! As of the end of May 2019, Landings Harbor saved 108,600 gallons of water compared to 2018, and at Delegal Creek, we have saved 32,264 gallons of water compared to last year. If we all do our part, we can continue to save this precious resource! To keep you informed, the usage numbers also are posted in the bulletin boards at each Marina.

 

Following are some helpful water-saving tips:

  • When you wash your boat, always use a nozzle. If you do not own a nozzle, you can purchase one in the Harbor Store.
  • It takes only five minutes to flush an engine. Don’t forget to shut off the water when you are done.
  • To use the water in the wash rack area, simply turn the valve counter-clockwise, and turn the dial on the timer to the desired minutes. To turn the water off, turn the dial on the timer to 0 and close the water valve clockwise.
  • If you notice a leak anywhere at the Marinas, please inform the office (912-598-1901). If it is after hours, please call Landings Security (598-1982, Option 2).

The Marinas recently joined The Nature Conservancy. The Conservancy tackles climate change, protects land and water, provides food and water sustainability, and helps build healthy cities. I will include updates from The Nature Conservancy as they become available in my monthly Marinas Update published in The Landings Journal.