Koror, Palau—With the recent “El Nino Watch” announcement by the National Emergency Committee (NEC), the Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) has begun its efforts in preparation for the upcoming El Nino predicted to happen in August of this year 2017. PPUC CEO Kione Isechal met with the drought preparation committee to go over their plans. There are many lessons learned from last year’s drought that PPUC has taken into consideration. At this time, PPUC’s priorities include monitoring water levels at all water sources, assessing existing equipment and supplies, cleaning the water reservoirs, monitoring the water levels of the storage tanks, and making sure that these tanks remain full at all times. One of the most important priority is the promotion of water conservation. There are a number of ways to conserve water, and they all begin with YOU.

Ways to Conserve Water Indoors and Outdoors
1) Repair Leaks: Your monthly bill and water meter are useful tools that can help you discover leaks. Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. On the center of your bill, there is a bar graph that illustrates your monthly consumption. If you notice a sudden spike (increase), you may have a leak. On your water meter, there is a small red triangle that’s called a leak detector. If no water is being used at home and it continues to rotate, you may have a leak. Toilet leaks are the most common leaks in the home. Test to see if your toilet has a leak by adding a few drops of food color in the toilet tank. If the food color seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Please call PPUC Customer Service to report leaks.
2) Use one glass for your drinking water or refill a water bottle.
3) Wash your taro, tapioca, and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
4) Defrost fish and frozen meat in the refrigerator instead of running water from the tap.
5) Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
6) Only wash laundry if you have a full load.
7) Shorten your shower by a minute or two. (Fun Tip: Shower to your favorite 3 minute song).
8) When showering and/or washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather with soap.
9) Make sure all faucets are tightly shut. Remember that every drop counts.
10) Invest in a low-flow showerhead. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save up to 750 gallons a month.
PPUC encourages the public to start conserving water by applying these simple methods in their daily lives. You will be surprised of the amount of water and money you’ll save by just simply reducing your water consumption. For more information on water conservation, please stop by the PPUC Main Office and grab a Water Conservation brochure. #ppuc#waterconservation#iconserve [/restrict]