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Easy Ways to Save Water and Money


Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Perhaps no issues are more hot button these days than the environment and the economy. The general feeling is that both need to be saved, but there are differing views as to how to go about doing so.

One of the ways that can help save the environment and a little money is to conserve. Be it conserving energy, fuel or water, there are myriad ways concerned citizens can save the environment while trimming some of the fat off their monthly bills as well. Those looking to conserve water, for instance, can take the following steps.

* Fix any leaks. Leaky faucets and toilets are often at the core of water bills that suddenly skyrocket. And more often than not, these leaks are barely audible, even to those who are closely listening for them. To put the problem of leaks in perspective, consider that a leaky toilet can silently waste up to 200 gallons of water each and every day. Discovering if a toilet is leaking can be as simple as the food coloring test. Simply add food coloring to the toilet's tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing, the toilet is leaking. Another method is to examine the meter while no water is being used. If the dial is moving, there's a leak. Consult a plumber if either case is true.

* Cool it with the running water. Many people keep their water running when they really don't need to, such as while brushing their teeth, shaving or washing their hands and face. According to Denver Water, a family of four that stops running the faucet while brushing their teeth can expect to save 800 gallons of water per month. Should the same family mandate that the washing machine be full in order to do a wash, they'll save more than 2,000 gallons of water per month. Though it seems as though turning the faucets off when brushing your teeth would have a minimal effect, that's anything but.

* Don't flush the toilets so often. Excessively flushing toilets when using the bathroom is a common occurrence. But each flush equals roughly six gallons of water. Don't use the toilet as a garbage can to flush tissue paper. Only flush the toilet after using it for its main purpose.

* Replace old appliances with water-friendly products. Over time, water-friendly products can trim substantial amounts of money off the monthly water bill. As more and more people look to conserve, more and more water-friendly products are available to environmentally-conscious homeowners. Low-flow faucet aerators, for example, can reduce water .....
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County passes opportunity for stimulus funds to municipalities

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown Associates, described the pros and cons of the Federal Recovery Zone Bonds to the county board at their October 13 meeting. Fillmore County was one of 55 Minnesota counties to receive an allocation. The county was allocated ..... 
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Board requests details on recovery zone bond allocations

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

Cris Gastner, Economic Development Authority (EDA), talked over with the Fillmore County Board the possibilities and limitations of the Recovery Zone Bonds allocated for Fillmore County at the board's October 6 meeting. The bonds are a possible fina ..... 
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National Trout Learning Center in Preston?

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

Cathy Enerson, Preston Economic Development Authority (EDA), told the city council at their October 6 meeting that the idea of developing a Trout Learning Center in Preston is in an early discussion stage. The next step is to put together a steering ..... 
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2010 Census announcement

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

My name is Ashley Edwards and I'm working as the local government liaison for the State of Minnesota's Census 2010 Campaign. Believe it or not, Census 2010 is just six months away (Census Day is April 1, 2010). As you may know, Minnesota is one of a ..... 
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Lanesboro Community Center repairs

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman recently took a "Junk Tour" with city maintenance employee Andy Drake. They drove through the town to see if there were any properties that were in violation of the city's junk ordinance. They took pic ..... 
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Melander receives the Certified Municipal Clerk designation

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

Lolly Melander, city clerk/treasurer of Canton, has earned the prestigious Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) for August 2009.

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Fillmore County to embark on a healthy voyage

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a nation-leading effort to reduce chronic disease, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has awarded 39 grants to Minnesota communities to help lower the number of Minnesotans who use tobacco or who are obese or overweight. The Statewide Healt ..... 
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Whalan discusses trimming trees and dual heat policy

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Whalan City Council met on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, for its monthly meeting. Present were counsel members: Larry Johnson, Johnny Halverson, Everett Johnson, David Rahn, Margaret Chiglo and Lolly Melander; visitor present was Lanny Landsverk.< ..... 
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