NOTICES TO RESIDENTS FROM PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

If you plan on installing, or moving your mailbox and post, please check out the measurements in this picture that has been taken off of the USPS website.  The face of your mailbox must be 6”-8” inches behind the street curb, the bottom of your mailbox must be 41”-45” inches above ground level, and your mailbox post must be buried at least 24” in the ground.  We have noticed quite a few mailboxes in town that are not within the required measurements, and this also makes it difficult for snow removal and plowing operations.  Mailboxes that are not within the specified dimensions required by the USPS mayor may not be repaired if they are damaged during snow removal, depending on the circumstances.  The back spacing and the height of the mailboxes, help accommodate the wing plows on our city plow trucks during snow removal.  We ask that you please check your mailboxes, and move them where they are required to be.  Thank you for your cooperation.” 

 

Fix household water leaks and save an average of 10,000 gallons a year

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is challenging residents to check for water leaks in their homes during national Fix-a-Leak Week, March 20-26. The average U.S. household wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water a year through leaks.

In general, water is being drawn out of Minnesota’s aquifers faster than it is being replenished. Groundwater is the primary source of clean water to the Twin Cities metro area and other places around the state. Nationally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that household leaks waste 1 trillion gallons of water each year — enough to supply the needs of Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles combined. Limiting water waste will be one key to ensuring we have adequate water in the future.

Common types of household leaks include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. All are easily correctable. One way to check for leaks: Examine your winter water usage. It’s likely that a family of four has a serious leak problem if its winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month.

“It’s easy to overlook a toilet leak or tune out a faucet drip. Fix-a-Leak Week is just a good reminder to check for water waste, and make the necessary fixes,“ says MPCA spokesperson Erin Barnes-Driscoll. “There are tons of how-to videos online that can show you how to do the work. No need to call a plumber!”

Toilets are especially leak-prone: the EPA estimates that 20 percent of all toilets leak. But because leaking toilets are often silent, the problem can go unnoticed while your home is “robbed” of up to 300 gallons or more of water a day. Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. Wait 15-20 minutes and see if color appears in the bowl. If so, you have a leak.

Learn more about finding and fixing leaks and conserving water on the MPCA web site and the EPA web site. If you live in Minnesota, you can also order a free packet of leak detection tablets from the MPCA while supplies last; click to order online, call 651-757-2999, or email [email protected].