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Tips and Guidelines

Protect Water Lines from Freezing

Ruptured water lines can cause extensive damage to a home. During the winter, home owners should take precautions to prevent water lines from freezing. Here are some simple tips to protect your home.

  • Turn off the water to outside hose bibs, disconnect and drain the garden hose.
  • Shut the main water valve off if leaving your home for vacation or holidays.Water Pipe
  • Seal cracks in doors, windows, and foundations.
  • Open cabinets and closets that contain water lines to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Allow cold water to drip through faucets. Running or dripping water can help prevent water lines from freezing; however, even running water can freeze in sub-zero temperatures.
  • Consider installing water pipe insulation. Local building supply stores carry a number of products designed specifically for this purpose. If you decide to use a heat tape, be sure it has the UL seal of approval.
  • Check pipe insulation periodically to make sure that it is dry. Wet insulation can be worse than no insulation.

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Cloudy Tap Water
Water Glass
Occasionally, you may notice that your drinking water appears cloudy. Milky water, also commonly described as cloudy or hazy, is almost always caused by air in the water.  If you experience such water, fill a clear glass with water and set it on the counter.  Observe the glass of water for one to three minutes.  If the white color is due to air, the water will begin to clear at the bottom of the glass first and then gradually will clear all the way to the top. This is a natural phenomenon and is completely normal; the water is safe to use and drink.

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Leesburg Pharmacy's "Take-Back Program" - Proper Drug Disposal

"When we began hearing stories of measurable levels of drugs in our water supply, we knew we had to do something to decrease our impact on the environment.  After a lot of research, we were able to find a company that could incinerate our expired medications in a waste-to-energy facility that uses the emissions from the incineration to generate power. This company also accepts expired or unused medications from patients, so we were able to offer a “Take-Back Program” to the entire community at no cost to the patient.  We’re happy to offer this service to everyone, regardless of whether or not they purchased the drug from us." --- excerpt from Leesburg Pharmacy Goes Green by Cheri Garvin, R.Ph., Leesburg Pharmacy, Monday, 20 April 2009, in loudoun.com. 

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Additional Drug Disposal Resources:

  • National Community Pharmacy Associaton "Dispose My Meds" Campaign
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    Anti-Cigarette Butt Campaign - This is a source water, stream protection, and wildlife message; not an anti-smoking message.

    Many of you notice cigarette butts that are thrown out of moving cars and littered all over roadways. They are unsightly and also a toxin (filters and left over tobacco) that end up in streams affecting our water quality and impacting wildlife. Improper discarding of cigarette butts is also a fire hazard in open areas. So be mindful, and discard cigarette butts into proper disposal facilities and help save our waterways. Do not flush them down a toilet or garbage disposal.

     

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