Waterworks Blog

Practice your escape route this fire prevention week

It’s fire prevention week (Oct. 7-13), which means it’s a great time to test all the smoke alarms in your home, check (or purchase) fire extinguishers, look for — and correct — fire hazards, and review an escape plan with your family. This year, the National Fire Protection Association’s theme is Have Two Ways Out:…

Sites across Lehigh Valley will collect unwanted medicines on Saturday

Do you have a cabinet full of expired, unwanted or unused medications? Or even just a few that need to be safely disposed of? Then mark your calender for this Saturday, Sept. 29. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., sites across the Lehigh Valley region will be accepting medications for proper disposal. The service is…

Attack of the Pink Slime

We occasionally get calls from concerned customers asking about a pink, slimy substance that forms around drains, on tiles, in shower stalls, around toilet bowls, and even in pet water dishes. So what’s the source of this gruesome goo? We can assure you of two things: 1.) It’s not caused by anything in the water…

When should I pick my vegetables?

It’s that time of the gardening season you’ve been anxiously awaiting: Tomatoes and peppers are ripening,  squash is weighing down the vines, and (early) potatoes are ready for the table. But what’s the best way to harvest what you’ve sown? It all depends on the produce you’ll be picking. With some fruits and vegetables, it’s…

Preserving our liquid assets

An interactive graphic from NPR shows the cycle of dry weather — in some places, devastating drought — that has been crisscrossing most of the United States since January. It also serves as a sobering reminder that water conservation needs to be a top priority as weather patterns continue to change. According to the USDA,…

No potty talk here: Old toilets get new life underfoot

An engineer in Bellinham, Washington, used crushed porcelain from recycled toilets in a sidewalk project. Now that’s what we call a “can”-do attitude. The Meador Kansas Ellis Trail project was recognized by the University of Washington for this innovation and a number of others, including the installation of low-energy LED streetlights and the use of…

This summer, keep your air conditioning inside

With tax season well behind us, an audit is probably the last thing you want to think about. But here’s one that deserves serious consideration: a home energy audit. Unlike the IRS version, a home energy audit will help you go green while saving you green. During a home energy audit, a series of tests…

Fireflies give scientists a bright idea

You’ve probably seen them already: Flashes of light dotting your backyard as the sun dips below the horizon. Fireflies are an almost ubiquitous part of Pennsylvania summers, so much so that they were named the official state insect in 1974. Also called a lightning bug, these itty-bitty beetles create their telltale light through a process called…

Close the loop: Recycle more than you trash

Are you casting your lot in with a trashy crowd? As the world’s population continues to grow and our planet’s finite resources dwindle, it’s more important than ever to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Instead of adding to the waste stream, take a closer look at what’s going into your trash. The things that can be…

Starting off on the right foot for conservation

One big step for NIKE, one bigger step for the environment: The sportswear and equipment company is apparently working with a Netherlands-based company to eliminate the use of water in textile dyeing. NIKE says its partnership with DyeCoo Textile Systems B.V., announced in early February, means the elimination not only of water in the dyeing…