August 20 update: City Administrator Erv Portis has issued an urgent reminder that the water treatment plant is not yet operational and that conservation is still mandatory. Recently, "usage has jumped and is exceeding supply by a significant amount. The amount available in above ground storage has decreased dramatically in the last several days. If such usage continues, water pressure will decrease, and there may not be enough water for firefighting." The City of Plattsmouth appreciates your patience and asks that residents continue to conserve water as work continues on the water plant. [Read the full notice.]
On March 14, the City of Plattsmouth declared a Water Emergency. All non-sanitary, non-essential use of water was ordered to be discontinued because the Plattsmouth Water Treatment plant had been inundated by rising flood waters.
On March 20, the City's Public Works Director issued a Water Emergency Order to supplement the Water Emergency Declaration. The City is requesting a voluntary reduction of 30% for all residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional water uses.
The City is prohibiting the following uses: irrigation of lawns and other landscaping; washing down of driveways and similar such outdoor uses; operation and filling of swimming pools; washing of vehicles; and operation of commercial car washes. The City is also requiring that restaurants serve water upon request only and that they use single serving table settings and glasses.
The City's water supply remains safe to drink. Plattsmouth has an emergency connection with Cass County Rural Water District No. 1 to provide water on short-term, restricted-use basis. Customer cooperation is appreciated.
Tips for conserving water:
Prefer to use the shower, not always a bath.
When brushing your teeth, close the tap.
Put out a rain barrel. Capture rain water and use it to water plants.
Use a bucket to clean floors.
When soaping in the showers, close the shower gap.
Use the washing machine fully loaded, not half full.
Prefer to use a dishwasher to do the dishes.
When doing dishes by hand, don’t leave water running from the tap.
Use a bucket and sponge to clean the car.
Use the correct water saving button on the toilet.
When drinking from the tap, close the tap when done.
Water plants with a watering can filled with water from the rain barrel.
When you drink water from a glass, fill the glass only with the water you will drink.
If you don’t drink the full glass of water, use the remainder to water a plant.
Use the water you don’t drink for later.
Double check that the faucet is completely off when leaving the bathroom.
Don’t go to the bathroom unless you need to go.
Fix broken toilets and leaky faucets.
Take short showers.
When turning the shower on and while waiting for the water to heat up, stick a bucket underneath to capture the water. Use the captured water to fill your toilet tanks.
Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.
Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heaps up.
Test toilets for leaks.
Use good old soap instead of shower gels for bathing. Gels require extra water for rinsing.
Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it and save gallons.
If your toilet flapper doesn’t close properly after flushing, replace it.
Use a showerhead you can shut off. They are easy to install and save up to 750 gallons a month.
If you need to replace a toilet, consider buying a dual-flush toilet. It has two flush options: a half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush for solid waste.
When washing your hands, turn off the water while you lather.
Consider using a hand sanitizer rather than washing with water.
Install water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.
Drop tissues in the trash instead of flushing them and save water every time.
Learn how to use your water meter to check for leaks.
Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s inexpensive, simple, and can save 140 gallons a week.
See a leak you can’t fix? Tell a parent, teacher, employer, or property manager, or call a handyman.
Adjust the lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches or more. Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass.
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways.
Water coolers require a seasonal maintenance check. For more efficient cooling, check your evaporative cooler annually.
Use bottled water for drinking.
If your business has a water cooler, direct the water drain to plants in your landscape.
Water audit your facility to find out your recommended water use, then monitor utility bills to gauge monthly consumption.
Research and implement rainwater harvesting techniques.
Close the tap while brushing your teeth.
Do not let the faucet run while cleaning vegetables.
Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it. Use it to water indoor plants.
Rinse your razor in the sink.
Rather than a brick, put plastic bottles or float booster in your toilet tank. Bricks may break up and the sediment may harm your toilet.
Keep bottled drinking water in the fridge.
Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants.
Reuse your pasta cooking liquid.
Shrink your lawn.
Try not to use the hose for two days after a rain.
Read the house water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
Don’t forget to close the tap before going to sleep.
Take a water bottle to school. At the end of the day, any leftover water can be poured onto plants.