Hidden Lake Association Water Information
Hidden Lake Water information is aimed at educating and informing our association members and water users. In many ways water usage in Utah is abused. It is hoped this information will aid our members in proper usage of our resources and curb misuse or abuse of water in our association.
Please remember to be kind to our environment. Everything that goes down your drain or is poured onto the ground returns to our drinking water supply. HLA does not have a sewer system integrated into a waste water treatment system as many of us are used to in a urban or municipal environment. Our black and grey water is sent to a septic tank somewhere on our property. This system is very effective if maintained and not abused. With the exception of an occasional septic pumping service removing solid waste everything that goes down our cabin drains is returned to our immediate environment via the drainage field around our septic tanks. Recently, there has been cause for concern by members putting automobile anti-freeze in the drains to prevent freezing. This practice is extremely harmful to the environment and can damage or even destroy the bacterial system in your septic tank. Remember if we pollute just one ground water supply source it may be years or decades before the water is safe to use again thus effecting the overall output ability of our water system.
Water Delivery & Regulations
Hidden Lake Association provides a recreational water system and as such delivery of water is not guaranteed.
Per the associations Rules & Regulations the following applies to the water system and member usage:
Water owned by the corporation and supplied by the corporation’s delivery system may be used only for culinary purposes. Any other use of such water is prohibited.
Without limiting the foregoing, water shall not be used for watering livestock, washing vehicles, watering trees or plants, or to settle dust on roads, driveways, or parking areas, or any other non-culinary use.
No person shall turn on the water servicing a lot unless such person has been authorized by the Board of Directors, or is a member of a committee authorized by the Board of Directors.
All shut-off valves, switching valves, pumps, and other equipment and devices connected to or forming part of the corporation’s water system shall be operated only by authorized persons designated by the Board of Directors or a committee authorized by the Board of Directors. The operation of such valves, pumps, equipment or other devices by unauthorized persons is strictly prohibited. Any person who violates this regulation and causes loss or damage to the water system or to other corporation property shall, in addition to any fine levied against such member, be financially responsible for such loss or damage.
Members must shut off their water at an outside stop & waste valve when leaving for more than four days. Closing an inside valves is not sufficient to protect the water system.
Did You Know?
Less than 2% of the Earth’s water supply is fresh water.
Of all the earth's water, 97% is salt water found in oceans and seas.
Only 1% of the earth's water is available for drinking water. Two percent is frozen.
The human body is about 75% water.
A person can survive about a month without food, but only 5 to 7 days without water.
Every day in the United States, we drink about 110 million gallons of water.
Landscaping accounts for about half the water Californians use at home. Showers account for another 18 percent, while toilets use about 20 percent.
Showering and bathing are the largest indoor uses (27%) of water domestically.
The average American uses 140-170 gallons of water per day.
If every household in America had a faucet that dripped once each second, 928 million gallons of water a day would leak away.
There are 7.48 gallons in a cubic foot of water. Therefore, 2000 cubic feet of water is 14,960 gallons.
An acre foot of water is about 326,000 gallons. One-half acre foot is enough to meet the needs of a typical family for a year. There are 7.48 gallons in a cubic foot of water.
It takes 3.3 acre feet of water to grow enough food for an average family for a year.
A leaky faucet can waste 100 gallons a day.
One flush of the toilet uses 6 ˝ gallons of water.
An average bath requires 37 gallons of water.
An average family of four uses 881 gallons of water per week just by flushing the toilet.
The average 5-minute shower takes 15-25 gallons of water--around 40 gallons are used in 10 minutes.
Take short showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires about 36 gallons of water.
You use about 5 gallons of water if you leave the water running while brushing your teeth.
If you water your grass and trees more heavily, but less often, this saves water and builds stronger roots.
Each person needs to drink about 2 ˝quarts (80 ounces) of water every day.
Water your lawn only when it needs it. If you step on the grass and it springs back up when you move, it doesn’t need water. If it stays flat, it does need water.
Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full.
When washing a car, use soap and water from a bucket. Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle for rinsing.
Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden, or cleaning.
Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water. Quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.
An automatic dishwasher uses 9 to 12 gallons of water while hand washing dishes can use up to 20 gallons.
Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.
Water lawns during the early morning hours, or evening when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest. This reduces losses from evaporation.
Do not hose down your driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom to clean leaves and other debris from these areas. Using a hose to clean a driveway wastes hundreds of gallons of water.
Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth or shaving. Get in the habit of turning off the water when it’s not being used.
Use of bowl of water to clean fruits & vegetables rather than running water over them. You can reuse this for your house plants.
Public water suppliers process 38 billion gallons of water per day for domestic and public use.
Approximately 1 million miles of pipelines and aqueducts carry water in the U.S. & Canada. That's enough pipe to circle the earth 40 times.
About 800,000 water wells are drilled each year in the United States for domestic, farming, commercial, and water testing purposes.
More than 13 million households get their water from their own private wells and are responsible for treating and pumping the water themselves.
Industries released 197 million pounds of toxic chemicals into waterways in 1990.
You can refill an 8-oz glass of water approximately 15,000 times for the same cost as a six-pack of soda pop.
A dairy cow must drink four gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk.
300 million gallons of water are needed to produce a single day's supply of U.S. newsprint.
One inch of rainfall drops 7,000 gallons or nearly 30 tons of water on a 60' by 180' piece of land.