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Spotsylvania County Utilities (SCU) Maintenance Crews perform preventive maintenance cleaning of the county-owned sanitary sewer mains. The work is done to prevent mainline stoppages and potential backups.
Cleaning is accomplished using a high-pressure water jet to remove buildup within the sewer lines. This cleaning creates a vacuum in the sewer system, and in rare occurrences, can pull water out of your toilet(s) if you do not have a backflow device installed on your sewer line. After the vacuum is released, the water rushes back into your toilet(s), and on rare occasions, may splash out of the toilet bowl.
Closing your toilet lid/lids during this process will greatly reduce the possibility of any negative issues. Therefore, we ask that you make sure that your toilet lid(s) remain down, with a towel draped over the toilet lid(s) as an added precaution, during the time that we are in your area cleaning.
Message boards will be set-up one to two days in advance in the area(s) where sanitary sewer line cleaning is taking place. You can also view the Utilities News (LINK) for more details. Generally, scheduled sanitary sewer line cleaning takes place Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. with the exception of holidays.
Closing your toilet lid(s) during this process will greatly reduce the possibility of any negative issues. We ask that you make sure that your toilet lid(s) remain down, with a towel draped over the toilet lid(s) as an added precaution, during the time that we are cleaning in your area.
If you experience any issues when sanitary sewer line cleaning is taking place in your area, please contact the Maintenance Crew working in the area and they will gladly assist you. If you are unable to locate the Maintenance Crew, please call the Spotsylvania County Utilities Office at 540-507-7300, option 2. The Spotsylvania County Utilities Department wants you to know that we are doing our best to serve you, the community and the environment every day and regret any inconveniences to our customers; however, this maintenance is necessary to enhance service reliability.
To learn more about the Water Main Flushing Program, please view the Water Main Flushing Program (PDF).
To learn more about the disinfection process, please view the Change in Water Treatment Process (PDF).
The Annual Water Main Flushing program generally starts in March and ends in May each year. Customers are notified by bill insert, as well as, notices in the local newspaper, The Free Lance Star, and this website. During the flushing season, crews work each day, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m (excluding holidays). Customers are encouraged to check the Water Main Flushing Program (LINK) for updates.
As Spotsylvania County's population grows and water demands rise, it is becoming increasingly important to manage not only the water supply and treatment, but also the demand on an ongoing basis. One tool water utilities use to manage demand is to develop a comprehensive water conservation program. Water conservation is broadly defined as the beneficial reduction in water use, waste and loss. The ultimate goal of water conservation is not to prevent water use, but to maximize efficiency and the benefit of each gallon used.
The Spotsylvania County Utilities Water Conservation Initiative is a result of a study the County conducted to determine appropriate conservation programs based on Spotsylvania County's demand projections and customer characteristics.
The U.S. Water Resources Council defines water conservation as activities designed to reduce the demand for water, improve efficiency in use, reduce losses and waste of water, and improve land management practices to conserve water. In short, water conservation is the reduction of water usage or reducing its waste and loss.
Efficient water use is often considered the minimal amount of water that is technically and economically feasible to achieve an intended function. Water efficiency accomplishes more with less by using the best available technology and using water in smarter and more innovative ways.
Water waste and water loss mean two different things.
Less than 3 percent of the water on Earth is fresh; much of that is unreachable in glaciers, icecaps, or deep in the earth. Depletion of these dwindling water supplies degrades the natural environment and can necessitate costly water projects. Water conservation practices, such as efficient appliances and fixtures, behavioral changes, and changes in irrigation practices, can reduce water consumption by as much as a third.1
The benefits of water conservation not only assists with protecting the water supply (especially during drought), but water conservation may delay the need for infrastructure expansion for both water and wastewater treatment and the need for additional short-term and long-term storage capacity by reducing high peak demands.
1"Water Conservation," <https://www.greenbiz.com/research/report/2002/08/02/water-conservation>, accessed on October 16, 2019.