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Free Outdoor Water Conservation Kits

Just in time for the dog days of summer, they’re back! Let CRW help you conserve outside! We are offering free outdoor water conservation kits to our customers to keep your summer garden looking lush, while helping you use water wisely.

Each kit includes a lawn and garden hose timer, a moisture meter, a 7 spray water saving hose nozzle, and a copy of Water-Efficient Plants for the Willamette Valley.

Kit numbers are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

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Water Quality Report Request

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Summer/Fall Internship Opportunity- Microbial Source Tracking (MST)

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Summer/Fall Internship Opportunity- Algae Monitoring and Research

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

We are pleased to announce that the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016 is now available online!

What’s a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)?

A Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is a set of financial statements and information that provide details on how CRW  is doing. The CAFR complies with the accounting requirements by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). CRW has been fortunate to receive recognition for previous CAFR documents.

CRW’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report offers a narrative overview and analysis of the financial activities of the District for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016. During fiscal year 2015-2016, the District was engaged in various efforts focused on infrastructure improvement and maintenance, services to customers, and financial planning and management activities.

This report was prepared by the District’s Finance, Accounting and Customer Service (FACS) department. The District is responsible for the accuracy, completeness, and reliability of all data presented, and representations contained herein, based upon a comprehensive framework of internal controls established for this purpose. We believe the data presented is accurate in all material aspects and that the manner in which it is presented fairly discloses the financial position of CRW at June 30, 2016, and the results of operations for fiscal year 2015-2016.

You can check out CRW’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) here!

What To Do If a Frozen Pipe Bursts

There’s a cold snap coming in, check out our helpful tips on how to winterize your home plumbing, but if it just so happens that cold snap causes a pipe in your home to burst follow these steps:

Frozen Pipe

  • Close your main water shut-off valve to your house. Most shutoff valves are located where the water line enters the house, either at the front of your house where youconnect your hose, or basement near the hot water heater, or inside the garage.
  • Turn off the water heater. Locate the dedicated shut-off valve on the cold water inlet.
  • Remember, the repair of broken pipes on the customer’s side of the meter is the customer’s responsibility. Contact a plumber for repair work.

Winter 101- Preventing Freezing Pipes

You may have noticed it. The days have gotten shorter. The nights are longer. It’s raining all the time. Yes. Winter is coming and that means that periods of freezing weather are on the way. The pipes in your home are at risk of damage from freezing conditions. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays about to swing into gear it’s easy to forget about a simple thing like home plumbing. Those same low temperatures that can bring us snowflakes can also cause your water pipes to freeze, and in some cases burst. By taking preventive measures before cold weather arrives, you can prevent freezing pipes and the costly damage that goes with them.

Want to avoid a frigid disaster? Here’s a little reminder on the basics for preventing freezing pipes:

Outside plumbing

  • Caulk around pipes where they enter the house. Close all foundation vents. Open foundation vents are probably the greatest cause of frozen or split water lines. Cut wood or Styrofoam blocks (available at hardware stores) to fit vent openings, then slide them into the vents. Open the vents again in the spring to prevent dry rot.
  • Protect outside pipes and faucets. In some homes, the outside faucet has a separate shut-off in the basement. If you have a separate valve for outside faucets, shut it off. Then go outside and turn on all the faucets to drain water in the lines. Leave the outside faucets on while you go back and check your outside shut-off valve for a small brass plug or cap on the valve. Turn this plug far enough that water drains from the valve. Then, tighten the plug back and turn off all the outside faucets.
  • Wrap outside faucets or hose bibs. Do this if you don’t have a separate valve to turn off outside faucets. Remember to disconnect garden hoses. Use newspaper or rags covered with plastic, fiberglass or molded foam insulating covers (available at plumbing and hardware stores) to wrap the faucet.
  • Drain in-ground sprinkler systems. Check manufacturer’s instructions for the best way to do this.

Indoor plumbing

  • Insulate pipes in unheated areas such as the crawl space, attic, garage or basement. Use insulating tape or molded pipe sleeve and wrap it over the entire length of exposed pipe. Cover all valves, pipe-fittings, etc. with insulating tape or fiberglass.
  • Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving home for several days. Turn off the water heater before draining the system. Leaving your furnace on a low setting while you’re gone helps, but may not prevent freezing. Turn off the main shut-off valve, then go through the house and turn on all faucets, sinks, tubs, showers, etc., and flush the toilets. Go back to the valve and remove the plug so that it can drain completely. Follow-up by re-tightening the valve and turning off the open faucets.
  • Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms. Water lines supplying the kitchen or bathrooms are frequently located in outside walls. Any air leaks in siding or insulation can cause these pipes to freeze. Leaving the cupboard doors open when the temperature is below freezing allows pipes behind the cupboards to get more heat.
  • Let the water run if the temperature dips below freezing. A stream slightly smaller than a pencil width should be sufficient. Faucets farthest from the street should be the ones left running. Using cold water will save on your gas or electric bill.

How to use your water meter to check for household leaks

Leaks from pipes, plumbing fixtures and fittings are a significant source of water waste for many households.  Some leaks are obvious, such as dripping faucets and leaking water heaters. Unfortunately, many leaks go undetected for years because the source of the leak is not visible. Learn how to detect whether you have a leak, and if so, where.

Visit www.conserveh2o.org for additional water conservation tips and resources.