Did You Know? KID’S WORLD
WATER QUIZ True/False
Annual Water Restrictions 1. The water coming out of your faucet T F
Water before 11 AM or after 6 PM, May 1 contains molecules that the
thru September 30.
Applies to municipal services, private wells,
2. The volume of earth’s water is T F
ponds, & lakes. constantly changing.
Hand watering (attended)
3. Potable water is drinkable water.
4. Water exist naturally in the form of
a gas, a liquid, and a solid.
Children’s water toys (attended)
New sod & trees (current year)
5. Our human bodies are mostly water.
6. The average yearly precipitation in
Apple Valley is 26 inches.
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7. The earth naturally recycles water T F
Higher Usage in the Summer
faster than we can use it.
July daily average-13 million gallons
January daily average-4 million gallons
2008 Monthly Pumpage
8. Most plants do not die from over
1. True, 2. False, 3. True, 4. True, 5. True, 6. True, 7. False, 8. False
400 Water (Hydrologic) Cycle
Match the correct term for each stage of the water cycle.
Percolation, Water Storage, Transpiration,
Groundwater, Cloud Storage, Precipitation, Evaporation
J AN FEB MAR APR MAY J UN J UL AUT SEP OCT NOV DEC
In 2008, Apple Valley pumped V
2,492,587,000 Gallons A
80% of Earth is covered by water or ice
20% of Earth’s surface is dry land
5. Precipitation, 6. Percolation, 7. Groundwater
97% of Earth’s water is salty
1. Water Storage, 2. Evaporation, 3. Cloud Storage, 4. Transpiration,
2% of Earth’s water is frozen
1% is available to drink
of this 1% For More Info
55% is used for irrigation
20% is flushed down toilets N
15% is used in showers & baths
7% is used on laundry and dishes Phone: 952-953-2400
2% lost through undetected leaks Fax: 952-953-2407
1% is used for drinking www.cityofapplevalley.org
Inside the Home Helpful Hints
Toilet Outside the Ho The water meter in your home can help
• Check for leaks by adding food coloring detect leaks. Read your meter before
to the tank. Color will appear in the • Water lawns and plants in the early morning and after a period of time (2 or more
bowl within 30 minutes if there is a or late evening to reduce evaporation. Avoid hours) when no water is being used. If
leak. watering on windy days. the meter readings are not exactly the
Replace worn, corroded or bent parts. same, you may have a leak.
• If the handle sticks frequently, adjust or replace. • Raise your lawn mower an inch.
Locate the main water shut-off valve
• Place a filled plastic bottle or bag inside the tank
• Set sprinklers to water grass and garden inside your home and make sure
to reduce the amount of water needed for each
areas rather than driveways and sidewalks. it operates. Knowing the
location and how to operate
• Avoid unnecessary flushing. Place tissues, bugs, • When washing your car, use a trigger nozzle
it could prevent significant water
and other debris in the trash. on the hose to automatically shut the water
damage in an emergency.
off when not in use.
Shower/Bath Reduce water consumption and save
• Shut the water off while brushing your teeth, • Use a broom to sweep off sidewalks and $$’s on heating, softening, and sewer
shaving, or washing your face. driveways rather than hosing them off with costs.
• Replace your showerhead with an ultra low-flow, water.
Don’t pour water down the drain if it can
save up to 2.5 gallons per minute.
• Check for leaking outside faucets, hoses and be used elsewhere, like watering plants.
• Take shorter showers.
irrigation systems and make repairs quickly.
• Close the tub drain before turning on the Place a rain gauge in an open area of the
bathwater and only fill the tub 1/3 full. • Use mulch around plants to hold moisture and landscaping to measure rain and irriga-
reduce ground temperature. tion water accumulation.
Free Mulch, please see Helpful Hints Mulch is free to Apple Valley residents
• Minimize the use of the disposal. Start a
at the Central Maintenance Facility
compost pile. • Only water when plants and grass need it
based on availability.
• Place a pitcher of drinking water in the rather than on a set schedule.
refrigerator for a cold glass of water.
• Run the dishwasher only when full. • Purchase or build your own rain barrel to
capture rain from the gutters to water ebsite
• Fill the sink with water to wash vegetables rather ation W
than leaving the water run. plants.
Laundry • Consider creating a conservation friendly www.drinktap.org/consumerdnn/
• Wash full loads. Be sure to set the machine for landscape that can also be hassle-free for www.epa.gov/watersense
the correct load size. the homeowner. www.epa.gov/water/kids.html
• Purchase appliances with water and energy saving For more info see these websites: www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/water/
options. www.sustland.umn.edu/ www.nrcs.usda.gov/ urbancycle/index.html
feature/backyard/watercon.html or www.metrocouncil.org/environment/WaterSupply/
• Routinely inspect for drips and leaks, making conservationtoolbox_residential.htm