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  • How to Restart Your Water Service
    Notice FAQs How to Register For An Online Account Landscaping Around Your Water Meter Sign Up for Emergency Alerts Going Paperless Your FAQ s Answered Avoid Utility Fraud How to Restart Your Water Service Quick Tips Guide to Reduce Reuse and Recycle This Year Water Resources Indoor Water Tips Outdoor Water Tips Additional Resources Water Quality Report 2015 Save It For Life Water Quality FAQs What Not to Flush Cease the Grease Turn on the Tap Helpful Ways to Reduce Your Water Usage Backflow Prevention Explained Whats New Pay Your Bill Construction Activity Corporate Document Login Employment Contact Us Engineer Member Area Home Customer Service How to Restart Your Water Service How to restart your water service It s that time of year As you begin to make preparations for your return to Bonita Springs remember to contact BSU at least 2 business days before your arrival to restart your water service Only call if your water has been turned off because you were away BSU can be reached at 239 992 0711 toll free at 800 583 1496 or via the contact form at the bottom of this page Failure to do so will result in either an 85 weekend trip charge or no water service until the next business day Don t forget to update your contact information To ensure accurate and timely delivery of your bill you must change your address with the United States Postal Service by visiting www usps com and clicking Manage Your Mail Change of Address We recommend updating your BSU online account information so we can reach you with vital updates about your water and or wastewater service Contact Customer Service Emails will be answered between 7 30 a m and 5 00 p m Monday thru Friday If you have an

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  • Quick Tips Guide to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle This Year
    on the Tap Helpful Ways to Reduce Your Water Usage Backflow Prevention Explained Whats New Pay Your Bill Construction Activity Corporate Document Login Employment Contact Us Engineer Member Area Home Customer Service Quick Tips Guide to Reduce Reuse and Recycle This Year Quick Tips Guide to Reduce Reuse and Recycle This Year How to Reduce Reuse Buy things used or refurbished In Bonita Springs we have many local consignment stores filled with lots of treasures Most of the time used items are much less expensive and often they are as good as new Look for products that use less packaging or recycled packaging This reduces waste and cost Buy reusable products instead of disposable items For example use reusable plates for leftovers instead of paper plates and aluminum foil Maintain and repair products like clothing tires and appliances This saves both shopping time and money for new ones Borrow rent or share items that are seldom used like party decorations or tools Don t forget to donate Instead of discarding unwanted furniture clothing tools etc donate them This prevents usable goods from going into the landfill and helps those in need in our community How is BSU Reducing Waste BSU is reducing emissions of particulate matter and carbon dioxide into the environment by converting gasoline powered trucks to compressed natural gas How is BSU Reusing Waste BSU s water reclamation facilities reuse 100 percent of the wastewater collected by the sewer system into reclaimed water and fertilizer pellets How to Recycle Visit the Lee County Solid Waste Division website to learn more about the waste pick up schedule for your home Some local retailers and or supermarkets such as Best Buy and Publix have recycling stations for customers to drop off items Check out each company s website for more

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  • Water Resources
    Quality Report 2015 Save It For Life Water Quality FAQs What Not to Flush Cease the Grease Turn on the Tap Helpful Ways to Reduce Your Water Usage Backflow Prevention Explained Whats New Pay Your Bill Construction Activity Corporate Document Login Employment Contact Us Engineer Member Area Home Water Resources Indoor Water Tips The average Southwest Floridian uses about 100 gallons of water a day for personal needs Two thirds of it is used in the bathroom Toilets account for 40 percent of indoor water use and showers and baths consume another 30 percent Washing machines and dishwashers take 15 percent Ongoing toilet faucet and other leaks can as much as double your water and wastewater charges Here s how you immediately can cut your water and wastewater bill Detect Repair Leaks Turn off everything that uses water in your home and then check your water meter dial for 15 minutes If the triangular knob remains still you are watertight If it s moving look for leaks Fix leaks in toilets faucets showerheads and plumbing fixtures Use food coloring to dye the water in your toilet tank to help detect leaks Check the condition of water shut off valves used for repairs and emergencies Install Water Saving Devices Insert a water filled bottle in older toilet tanks to displace space and reduce the gallons flushed Retrofit sink faucets with aerators to reduce wasteful water flow Update your bathrooms with low flow showerheads and toilets Install air to air heat pumps and air conditioning systems that don t use water Install Water Saving Devices Insert a water filled bottle in older toilet tanks to displace space and reduce the gallons flushed Retrofit sink faucets with aerators to reduce wasteful water flow Update your bathrooms with low flow showerheads and toilets Install

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  • Indoor Water Tips
    Report 2015 Save It For Life Water Quality FAQs What Not to Flush Cease the Grease Turn on the Tap Helpful Ways to Reduce Your Water Usage Backflow Prevention Explained Whats New Pay Your Bill Construction Activity Corporate Document Login Employment Contact Us Engineer Member Area Home Water Resources Indoor Water Tips Indoor Water Tips The average Southwest Floridian uses about 100 gallons of water a day for personal needs Two thirds of it is used in the bathroom Toilets account for 40 percent of indoor water use and showers and baths consume another 30 percent Washing machines and dishwashers take 15 percent Ongoing toilet faucet and other leaks can as much as double your water and wastewater charges Here s how you immediately can cut your water and wastewater bill Detect Repair Leaks Turn off everything that uses water in your home and then check your water meter dial for 15 minutes If the triangular knob remains still you are watertight If it s moving look for leaks Fix leaks in toilets faucets showerheads and plumbing fixtures Use food coloring to dye the water in your toilet tank to help detect leaks Check the condition of water shut off valves used for repairs and emergencies Install Water Saving Devices Insert a water filled bottle in older toilet tanks to displace space and reduce the gallons flushed Retrofit sink faucets with aerators to reduce wasteful water flow Update your bathrooms with low flow showerheads and toilets Install air to air heat pumps and air conditioning systems that don t use water Install Water Saving Devices Insert a water filled bottle in older toilet tanks to displace space and reduce the gallons flushed Retrofit sink faucets with aerators to reduce wasteful water flow Update your bathrooms with low flow showerheads and

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  • Outdoor Water Tips
    Register For An Online Account Landscaping Around Your Water Meter Sign Up for Emergency Alerts Going Paperless Your FAQ s Answered Avoid Utility Fraud How to Restart Your Water Service Quick Tips Guide to Reduce Reuse and Recycle This Year Water Resources Indoor Water Tips Outdoor Water Tips Additional Resources Water Quality Report 2015 Save It For Life Water Quality FAQs What Not to Flush Cease the Grease Turn on the Tap Helpful Ways to Reduce Your Water Usage Backflow Prevention Explained Whats New Pay Your Bill Construction Activity Corporate Document Login Employment Contact Us Engineer Member Area Home Water Resources Outdoor Water Tips Outdoor Water Tips Most people in Southwest Florida use too much water on their lawns At least half the water used in a typical home is used to keep the grass green Studies show that watering your lawn just 80 times a year instead of the usual 150 will save thousands of gallons while maintaining healthy turf Here s how you immediately can cut your water and wastewater bill Need Watering Restrictions Click here for the City of Bonita Springs Water Conservation Detect Repair Leaks Turn off everything that uses water in your home and check your water meter dial for 15 minutes If the triangular knob remains still you are watertight If it s moving look for leaks Fix leaks in sprinkler lines hose connections and pool systems Install Water Saving Devices Use short on off sprinkler cycles to allow landscaping to absorb the water Set for large drops dispersed low to the ground not high flying mists Water roots rather than leaves Use efficient drip irrigation and soaker hoses which can save from 20 to 50 percent of the water needed to keep plants thriving Keep lines and filters clean Install a new water saving filter for your swimming pool Install Water Saving Devices Use short on off sprinkler cycles to allow landscaping to absorb the water Set for large drops dispersed low to the ground not high flying mists Water roots rather than leaves Use efficient drip irrigation and soaker hoses which can save from 20 to 50 percent of the water needed to keep plants thriving Keep lines and filters clean Install a new water saving filter for your swimming pool Economize Use a moisture indicator to tell when lawn needs water Water only when necessary when grass shows signs of stress such as folded blades different color spots and lingering footprints Professionals suggest watering once every five to seven days in summer and every 10 to 14 days in winter One good rain can eliminate the need for watering for up to two weeks Over watering is unhealthy Group plants in zones that have similar water needs Plant native and drought tolerant grasses ground covers shrubs and trees to save as much as 30 to 60 percent of your water bill Shut off automatic sprinklers during the rainy season Manually monitor them at other times Rain sensors now required by law

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  • Additional Resources
    New Service Inquiries How to Read Your Water Meter How to Read Your Bill BSU Rates Frequently Asked Questions Forms and Documents Boil Water Notice FAQs How to Register For An Online Account Landscaping Around Your Water Meter Sign Up for Emergency Alerts Going Paperless Your FAQ s Answered Avoid Utility Fraud How to Restart Your Water Service Quick Tips Guide to Reduce Reuse and Recycle This Year Water Resources Indoor Water Tips Outdoor Water Tips Additional Resources Water Quality Report 2015 Save It For Life Water Quality FAQs What Not to Flush Cease the Grease Turn on the Tap Helpful Ways to Reduce Your Water Usage Backflow Prevention Explained Whats New Pay Your Bill Construction Activity Corporate Document Login Employment Contact Us Engineer Member Area Home Water Resources Additional Resources South Florida Water Management District The mission of the South Florida Water Management District centers on saving and or restoring Central and South Florida s irreplaceable water resources and unique environments Its Web site is full of information photographs maps and charts It offers 50 Ways to Be Water Smart outlines the specifics of water restriction rules shows the levels of wells and aquifers provides rainfall histories and long term rain forecasts and even offers scenic screensavers you can download to your computer It also offers a new online tool for learning about ways to save water and help protect our region s most valuable resource at www sfwmd gov Florida Department of Environmental Protection The Florida Department of Environmental Protection offers a Water Resource Management page with information about water consumption quality monitoring and safety www dep state fl us water U S Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water The Web site of the Office of Water of the United States Environmental Protection Agency EPA provides information about

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  • Save It For Life
    Flush Cease the Grease Turn on the Tap Helpful Ways to Reduce Your Water Usage Backflow Prevention Explained Whats New Pay Your Bill Construction Activity Corporate Document Login Employment Contact Us Engineer Member Area User Name Password Remember Me Forgot your password Forgot your username Create an account PHONE 239 992 0711 800 583 1496 FAX 239 947 7460 Home About Us Our History How Bonita Springs Utilities Began Company Information Member Owned Since 1971 BSU Franchise Area Map Our Facilities Water Treatment Water Reclamation Annual Reports BSU Board of Directors Meet Our Staff A History of Reclaimed Water Service Community Care Customer Service New Service Inquiries How to Read Your Water Meter How to Read Your Bill BSU Rates Frequently Asked Questions Forms and Documents Boil Water Notice FAQs How to Register For An Online Account Landscaping Around Your Water Meter Sign Up for Emergency Alerts Going Paperless Your FAQ s Answered Avoid Utility Fraud How to Restart Your Water Service Quick Tips Guide to Reduce Reuse and Recycle This Year Water Resources Indoor Water Tips Outdoor Water Tips Additional Resources Water Quality Report 2015 Save It For Life Water Quality FAQs What Not to Flush Cease the Grease Turn on the Tap Helpful Ways to Reduce Your Water Usage Backflow Prevention Explained Whats New Pay Your Bill Construction Activity Corporate Document Login Employment Contact Us Engineer Member Area Home Water Resources Save It For Life Save It For Life It s That Good Click on the house to learn how BSU can help you save water Artwork by Wait Fournier Click here for more indoor water conservation tips Click here for more outdoor water conservation tips This page uses Macromedia Flash Click here to install the plugin quick and free download Search Quick Links Indoor Water Tips Outdoor

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  • Water Quality FAQs
    or etching of dishes glasses or silverware Etching is caused by overuse of dish washing detergents on pre rinsed glasses dishes The recommendation is to use the proper amount of detergent for our hardness level approximately 6 grains per gallon use a different product or use a drying agent such as Jet Dry If you have staining or corrosion problems on your silverware try separating the knives from other silverware Some knives have high carbon content and will develop surface rust or can cause rust on other utensils Always hand wash and dry fine china glassware and real silverware Why does my toilet bowl have a black ring around it This is usually mold mildew or mineral deposits at the water air interface Bacteria fungus and mold spores normally found in the air can cause rings in your toilet bowl Wet surfaces provide ideal conditions and the organisms reproduce rapidly growing together to form a ring The color of the ring depends on the species of bacteria mold or fungus Another possibility may be your washers and flappers inside the toilet tank are breaking down from the chlorine causing the black coming off your flapper to stain your toilet You can easily remove the rings with a toilet bowl brush and household cleaners Close the toilet lid to reduce the number of spores and reduce the light needed for growth The recommendation is to clean with bleach or a cleaning product such as CLR Why does BSU use Corrosion Inhibitors To preclude the leaching of certain metals into the water particularly lead copper and iron Why do we sample for lead and copper These are materials that are regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency and FL Dept of Environmental Protection We have to demonstrate that our water is stable and does not promote leaching of these materials into the water from your household plumbing systems Why are there white eggshell like particles clogging my faucet aerators According to plumbing industry sources some residential hot water tanks may have a defective white plastic dip tube inside the tank Dip tubes are used to deliver the incoming cold water directly to the bottom of the hot water tank This helps to prevent the cold denser water from mixing with the hot water which is lighter and remains in the upper portion of the unit When a dip tube breaks down inside the hot water tank small plastic chips or flakes pieces of the dip tube may enter the household piping get caught in the aerator screen at the tap and block the flow of water Depending upon the manufacturer some of the dip tube particles float some sink and some may appear greenish or tan colored Dip tubes that have broken off inside the hot water tank allow the cold water to mix with the hot water Thus it will seem like the hot water does not last as long While the chips do not pose a health risk since they

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