Holiday Hours for July 4th

Our office will be closing at noon on Friday, July 1st and will be closed Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

The office will re-open Tuesday July 5th.  Have a happy and safe Holiday!

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY CALL 850-837-2988

A DROP BOX IS AT THE 2nd RIGHT TURN INTO THE PARKING LOT, ON THE LEFT, FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE.

HURRICANE SEASON – BE PREPARED

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Hurricane season began June 1st. Ensure that your family and business are prepared:

  1. Protect your family and pets
  2. Create a disaster plan
  3. Protect important documents
  4. Secure your home
  5. Visit www.floridadisaster.org to create a customized plan
  6. Have a printed copy of instructions for boiling water so you will know how to sanitize your water after service is restored.

Boil water notice information is available under the Customer Service Tab on this website.  Be sure to pay close attention to weather advisories as a storm approaches.

Turn water off at the meter box that supplies your home or business; as this may protect your property from water damage in the event a water line breaks.

During evacuations, water service may be turned off to areas under mandatory evacuation.  South Walton Utility promises to evaluate water quality and restore service following a storm as quickly as possible.

2022 Drop Savers Poster Contest Winner

South Walton Utility participated in the annual FSAWWA Drop Savers Poster Contest on the local level.  The poster contest allows participants to have fun and at the same time promote the importance of water conservation in their homes and community.  The posters were judged based on a water conservation theme and artistic ability.  Below is the 2022 winner that went on to participate at the state level:

Dakota Chapin – Middle School Winner – Dakota’s Poster

Our Winner

 

Thank you to all the students that submitted entries this year.  We look forward to seeing your work again next year!

Fire Hydrant Access

Please keep at least 5 feet of clearance around fire hydrants. Easy access is a priority in the event of a fire.

  • Trim all plants, trees and weeds so the hydrant is clearly visible and accessible from all angles.
  • Report missing caps or damaged fire hydrants immediately.
  • Never park in front of a fire hydrant.

 

 

 

 

How to shut off your water meter

How to shut off your water meter

Locate your water meter. Water meters are typically installed inside black meter boxes placed on the street side of your property flush with the ground.Remove the black lid of the meter box. A standard screw driver can be used to lift the lid around the rectangular edges.  The meter may be below dirt or sand, which can be carefully moved to uncover the meter.

There should be an owner’s valve after the meter. There are various types and when on, the handle should be in line with the pipe.  Turn across the pipe ¼ turn to shut off.

If the owner’s valve is broken or rusted off, you can turn the water off before the meter, in an emergency.  The owner’s valve is the owner’s responsibility; please replace it if necessary.

On the street side of the meter, locate the round knob. This is the main shut-off valve, also referred to as the curb stop. The bar in the middle is in line with the pipe.  To turn it off, turn it one quarter turn so the bar is across the pipe; the hole in the tab will line up with the hole below, this means it is off.

Below is a picture of a meter. The owner’s valve on the left is on; the curb stop on the right is also on.

Below is a picture of a meter. The owner’s valve on the left is off; the curb stop on the right is also off. 

Below are pictures of another type of owner’s valve:

In this position the water would be flowing.

In this position the water is off.

 

 

Have you signed up for EFT or e-Bill yet?

Go paper free with our e-Bill service! With e-Bill, you get the same information that’s on your paper bill e-mailed right to your computer, no time delay waiting for it to arrive by mail.

EFT ensures you never miss a payment! EFT saves you time, checks and postage. You still get a bill sent to you for your review, then you can file it and be done. With EFT, we will deduct the amount due from your bank the first business day of the month.

Email us at info@SWUCI.ORG if you are interested in this benefit.

Contact us for more information or download the Electronic Funds Transfer form here.

Check for Leaks

Annual Household leaks waste 1 trillion gallons nationwide, which equals water use in 11 million + homes

The average household’s leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings. Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.  https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week