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For more information on medication disposal, review the Wauwatosa Health Department's Medical & Needle Disposal Information Page.
NOTE: It is difficult to know how long it takes the fresh water from the street pipes to arrive at the faucet. The time needed varies depending on your specific location, water pressure, whether you live in a single-family home or an apartment, and so forth.
Drinking water pipes, in the street, leading to your home, or in your home, may be rusting. Water causing this type of problem is called corrosive. If you are having trouble and your neighbors are not, then your own pipes or water heater probably are rusting. Letting the cold water faucet in your basement run a while will often clear the water. Save the water for plants. If your clothing is stained local grocery or hardware stores have a product called Iron Out which will help in removing the stain.
Water early in the morning to avoid excessive evaporation; it is usually less windy then and the water pressure is usually higher. Night watering may promote lawn disease. Use a sprinkler that makes large drops, because small drops evaporate faster. Watering your lawn with a hand-held hose is a waste of both your time and your water, although it might be okay for a small garden.
Once a leak is suspected, its precise location is determined by Water Utility personnel who use sensitive acoustic listening devices to detect the sound of the water leaking underground. Repairing leaking pipes are important to a water supplier because of the potential of damages to other underground utilities and the potential of property damage. Leaking infrastructure wastes water and money.