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Waldport is one of those special places. Located about three hours by car south of Portland, this town of 2050 offers everything you need to escape the rush and congestion of city living...(click to read more)

 The reports are in, summer has arrived! The smell of barbecue wafting on the afternoon breezes, the sounds of sprinklers going "shush, shush, shush" in the background, the shrieks of small children playing in backyard pools, what could be more relaxing? Here are a few facts to think about when comparing your summertime enjoyment of water to your anxiety about escalating water bills, keeping in mind the following calculation: 1 unit of water = 100 cubic feet = 748 gallons = $2.11.
 The average portable "kiddie pool" will require between 100 to 300 gallons of water to fill. If you're in the mood to get the whole family into the water, a 10' X 30" pool that is filled to 80% capacity will require about 1000 gallons, and an 18' X 48" pool will use about 1485 gallons or about 2 units of water. If you're one of the fortunate few to have a permanent pool, here's a link to a handy calculator to estimate the number of gallons you need. (Divide the number of gallons by 748 and you'll have the number of units.)
 Pressure/power washing is done using a small amount of water at high pressure, the difference being in the water temperature. Most machines are rated at between 4 and 5.5 GPM (gallons per minute), so an easy calculation would be that for every hour of usage, the machine consumes between 240 and 330 gallons of water (less than half a unit). A small price to pay for getting rid of that lovely grey-green patina from last winter.
 Oscillating and rotating sprinklers vary, but it appears that most of them use between 4 and 6 GPM. Experts advise watering to a depth of 1 inch of water per week, and watering either early in the morning or in the evening for the best results. An easy way to measure how much water is getting onto your lawn is to take two small tuna cans and set them on either side of the sprinkler, then running the sprinkler for 15 minutes. If, for example, you ended up with inch of water in each can, you can estimate that running the sprinkler for 15 minutes twice a week would give you the optimum amount of water on your lawn. This would work out to between 120 and 180 gallons per sprinkler per week.
 However, you would be wise to keep in mind that once you're done oohing and ahhing over little Becky's mudpies, you should check to be sure the backyard hose is off. A 5/8" hose without a nozzle uses about 17 GPM, so leaving a hose running at full blast for an hour could therefore consume 1020 gallons or over a unit of water! A little precaution now can certainly prevent headaches later...

Garden Hose

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City Hall office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is closed from 12:30 to 1:30 daily for the lunch hour. City Offices are closed on the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day
Friday following Thanksgiving
Christmas Day
If the holiday falls on Saturday, the office will close on the preceding Friday. If the holiday falls on Sunday, the office will close on the following Monday.

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