Conserve Water During a Storm

Post Date:01/17/2019 3:11 PM

Did you know that when it rains, you should conserve water? The wastewater generated in homes and businesses travels through the local sanitary sewer system to OCSD’s wastewater treatment facilities in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach.  During heavy rains, and in the hours immediately following, the sewer lines carry significantly higher levels of water to the treatment plants due to the inflow and infiltration of rainwater into the system. This results in dramatic peaks of wastewater flowing to the plants and can cause potential problems in the sewer lines and at the treatment facilities. For example, on Wednesday (1/15), during this rain event OCSD received a peak flow of nearly 350 million gallons of water. Almost double our daily average of 185 million gallons on a typical non-rain event.

We can help by deferring water-using chores until after the heavy storm has passed.  If the rain does not seem to be letting up, it’s best to postpone laundry or dishwashing activities until after 6:00 p.m.  And as always turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving, and take shorter showers.