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Posted on: May 18, 2023

Where Does Your Water Come From and Do You Need to Conserve?

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The water you drink comes from ten wells and eight water facilities throughout the City of Kalispell.  The water from each well (source) is drawn from a deep alluvial aquafer which is anywhere between 100’-400’ below the valley floor.  The City of Kalispell has the capacity to draw a maximum of approximately 10,000 gallons per minute from the combined sources.  The water is disinfected using small amounts of chlorination at each source to prior to entering the distribution and storage systems.  Water flows from each source to supply the demands within the system and excess above demands is stored in 4 storage tanks with a total storage volume of 6.6 million gallons.  During summer irrigation months, demands to the system can equal production capacities, so we encourage users throughout the system to be mindful and conservative of resources. 

The largest use of water is from irrigation. You can reduce your water usage, save money on your water bill and still have a green and healthy lawn. Set the timer on your sprinkler to water overnight or before 10 a.m. Watering for 20-minutes three times per week in most cases is enough to keep your lawn healthy – start there and adjust as necessary for your system. Here are some other easy ways to conserve water:

  • Don’t run the hose while washing your car – use the hose only for rinsing. 
  • Use a broom or blower not a hose to clean driveways,
  • Check for leaks in irrigation, hoses, pipes and faucets,
  • Check your toilet for leaks – toilet leaks use a lot of water and cost you needless $
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.

 There are many ways to save water and save money on your utility bill. Visit 100+ Ways to Conserve Water - Water Use It Wisely to learn more.

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