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          Last updated on December 2, 2022 

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a drought watch for Snyder County.

DEP strongly encourages that everyone in the drought watch area voluntarily reduce their water usage by 5-10 percent (a reduction of 3-6 gallons of water per day) and suggests the following steps for citizens to take to voluntarily reduce their water use:

1. Run water only when necessary.

2. Don't let the faucet run while brushing your teeth or shaving.

3. Shorten the amount of time you let the water run to warm up before you shower. Use a bucket to catch the water and then reuse it to water your plants.

4. Run the dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads.

5. Check for household leaks. For example, a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water daily.

6. Replace older appliances with high-efficiency models. A front-loading washing machine can use about 30 percent less water and 40 to 50 percent less energy.

7. Install low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on faucets.

8. When watering your garden, be efficient and effective: Water in the evening or morning, and direct the water to the ground at the base of the plant, so you don't waste water through evaporation.

9. Water your lawn only if necessary. Aplly no more than 1 inch of water per week (use an empty can to determine how long it takes to water 1 inch). Avoid watering on windy and hot days. This pattern will encourage healthier, deeper grass roots. Over-watering is wasteful, encourages fungal growth and disease, and results in shallow, compacted root systems that are more susceptible to drought.

10. When mowing your lawn, set the blades to 2-3 inches high. Longer grass shades the soil, improving moisture retention. It also grows thicker and develops deeper root system, so it can better survive drought.

11. Sweep your sidewalk, deck, or driveway, rather than hosing it off.

12. Re-use old water from bird baths, vases, or pet bowls to water plants.

Additional recommendations for residential, commercial and industrial users can be found on the DEP Drought Information website.

Should it become necessary, the PA Emergency Management Council can proclaim a drought emergency, which could result in mandatory bans on nonessential water use and possibly water rationing. Careful use of our resources now can help prevent, or at least delay, the need for emergency measures later.

The Penn Township Municipal Authority will hold it's next monthly meeting on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at the PTMA office at 7:00 p.m. An agenda has been posted.

It has become very difficult for the PTMA Water Operators to read some of our customer's water meters due to overgrown shrubs and bushes located in front of the water meter touch pads. A water meter touch pad is a black oval plastic pad attached to the exterior of the building, which allows PTMA operators to read the water meter without entering the home or business. PTMA operators must be able to easily access all water meter touch pads. Please be sure that the water meter touch pad, located on the exterior of your home or business, is easily accessible and clear of bushes, shrubs or debris.

Due to the on-going recent events, the Penn Township Municipal Authority has issued a warning to our sewer customers to not create “fatberg blockages.” Fatbergs are the product of fat and non-biodegradable matter such as wipes and paper towels, which do not break down. By using these non-biodegradable products for toilet paper and flushing them into the sewer system it causes "fatbergs," which can block sewer lines. This may require response from municipal personnel, pumping contractors, and traffic control; and, it can ultimately create a condition of pollution and remediation cleanup. Many wipes are labeled flushable; however, they are not biodegradable. Please be advised only the 3Ps should be flushed down the toilet – Poo, Pee and (toilet) Paper.

We remind our customers that the disposal of household cleaning wipes (Clorox, Lysol, etc.), baby wipes, flushable cleansing wipes, cat litter (flushable and non-flushable), cooking greases, oils, or fats into the PTMA sewer system is prohibited. Do NOT dispose of these items via your drains, toilets or garbage disposals even if the packaging states the product is flushable!

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