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WaterWays shares stories about City of Savannah water, from how we invest in infrastructure, to the unique ways our community uses water. Brought to you by the Utility Services Division.

Aug 02

Diving Into Water Quality Reports

Posted on August 2, 2019 at 7:42 AM by Saja Aures

Water ReportWater quality is an important issue to all of us, and here at the City of Savannah we want you to know where your drinking water comes from and how it’s monitored to ensure your safety. August also happens to be National Water Quality Month, so it’s a great time to learn a little about the annual water quality reports issued by the City. These reports, known officially as Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs), are federally mandated and must include specific information about the source, monitoring, testing, and treatment of your drinking water.

The first CCRs were issued in 1999, as part of the Safe Drinking Water Act’s public right-to-know provisions, in an effort to improve transparency and accountability. The EPA requires the reports be made available each year by July 1st.

From a CCR, you should be able to find out:

  • Water system contact information
  • Source of your water
  • Definitions of key terms used in the CCR
  • Any regulated contaminants detected and the corresponding level of detection in your water system
  • For any regulated contaminant in violation of maximum contaminant levels, a brief statement in plain language regarding the contaminant health concerns
  • Information on unregulated contaminants for which monitoring is required

To access the 2018 City of Savannah reports, please visit www.savannahga.gov/waterqualityreport. In 2018, the City of Savannah Water Laboratory performed more than 123,000 tests and procedures, on over 160 water quality parameters. The reports summarize the key findings of our intensive monitoring processes. We’ve done our best to make our CCRs clear and easy to read, with the goal of informing and educating our customers, while also meeting the federal requirements of the reports. We’re proud to say our CCRs have won accolades from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, including Best CCR in the entire state.

If you take away anything from reviewing your CCR, we hope you’re assured that your drinking water is safe and well managed by the City of Savannah. We hope you also ponder the importance of a safe water supply and your role in supporting the sustainable availability of clean drinking water. You should also consider how water conservation and environmental stewardship, as well as building and maintaining well-functioning water infrastructure, is at the very core of public health and safety.



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Aug 02

Get Smart About Outdoor Watering

Posted on August 2, 2019 at 7:33 AM by Saja Aures

July is Smart Irrigation Month! Just try and control your excitement: in this blog we’re going to talk all about outdoor watering...

July is Smart Irrigation Month

First off, what we really should be talking about is xeriscaping, which is a style of landscaping that ditches the traditional water-hungry turfgrass lawn in favor of native, low-water or drought-tolerant plants. Added bonus: native grasses and groundcover plants often require little to no fertilizer, so you don’t have to worry about those potential pollutants running off your lawn and ultimately back into our waterways. 

If you’re interested in xeriscaping, there are a ton of great resources online. Here’s a few to get you started:

If you’re absolutely married to your turfgrass lawn and can’t bear to part with it, just know that keeping it lush and green can be awfully spendy and water wasteful. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, as much as 50% of the water we use outdoors is lost due to wind, evaporation, and runoff caused by inefficient watering methods and systems. Fifty percent, y’all! A broken or missing sprinkler head can waste as much as 25,000 gallons of water over a six-month irrigation season. That’s enough water to fill a 25’x25’ swimming pool to a depth of five feet. *screams in water bill*

So, what can you do? In addition to regular maintenance to prevent or repair any leaks, you can follow these tips to reduce your irrigation system’s water waste:

SLOW THE FLOW
If water is applied too quickly, it can cause the water to run off of the landscape and into the street.

CHECK SPRINKLER HEADS
Ensure that sprinkler heads are properly placed and set-up so you’re not watering your driveway or the street.

USE LOW VOLUME IRRIGATION
Use drip irrigation, micro-sprinklers, or bubbler irrigation for planting beds and narrow strips of vegetation.

INSTALL A RAIN SENSOR
A rain sensor detects rain and shuts off an irrigation system to conserve water.

Outdoor Watering Schedule
One more tip that’s super important: follow the outdoor watering schedule! 

State-wide, the law (Georgia Water Steward Act) says you can’t water outside between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Additionally, Savannah's local drinking water permit limits our water customers (residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial) to a three day outdoor water-use schedule.

Outdoor watering schedule for Savannah:

  • NO watering on Fridays
  • NO watering between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., AND
    --Even-numbered properties may water Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays
    --Odd-numbered properties may water Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays



Do you have a great idea for our next WaterWays feature? We're always looking for interesting stories about Savannah water and our local community. Email Saja Aures at 
saures@savannahga.gov to share your tip! 

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Jun 07

Service Brewing

Posted on June 7, 2019 at 7:24 AM by Saja Aures

Archaeologists have found evidence of beer production dating back to the 5th millennium BC in what is now Iran. Today in the United States, there are more than 7,000 breweries in operation. Worldwide, beer is the third most-consumed beverage by people. 

From its ancient origins to the specialty craft brewing of today, water has played an integral role in the creation of beer. We visited with Kevin Ryan, CEO of Service Brewing Company, to talk about their use of City of Savannah water. 

“Beer is mostly water, about 90% water,” said Kevin, as we walked through the Service Brewing Company headquarters on Indian Street, “And historically, beer styles have been driven by the flavor profile of the water where they’re brewed. Savannah water is actually pretty similar to the water in Pilsen, where Pilsner beer originated.”

Kevin knows so much about Savannah water because he’s studied it in detail. The Service Brewing team uses regular laboratory testing to determine the pH and mineral content of our local water. Based on the findings, they can make minor tweaks to the beer in production, tinkering their way toward perfection. 

Service Brewing

Check them out: 

Service Brewing Company
574 Indian St. 
Savannah, GA 31401

www.servicebrewing.com
Phone:  912-358-1002

Tours: 
Wednesdays 4 – 9 p.m.
Thursdays 4 – 9 p.m.
Fridays 4 – 9 p.m.
Saturdays 12 – 9 p.m.
  • Must Be 21 and have valid ID
  • No Reservations Required
  • Well behaved pets and their human companions are welcome 


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