Summer Water Conservation Tips

Summer Water Conservation Tips –

Because less water used, is a smaller bill.

  • Marry the weather with your landscape water use. Water use should decrease during rainy periods
  • Consider buying a dual-flush toilet. It has two flush options: a half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush for solid waste.
  • Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it. Try watering in half-hour increments and check in-between watering to see if more is needed.
  • Adjust your lawn mower height. Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass.
  • Pruning properlycan help your plants use water more efficiently.
  • Use 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.
  • Direct water from rain gutters and HVAC systems to water-loving plants in your landscape.
  • When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your non-edible plants.


Help Keep our Lakes and Rivers Clean!

Phosphorus is an essential element for plant life, but when there is too much of it in water, it causes a condition called eutrophication. A sign of eutrophication is excess algae in lakes and rivers. Excessive algae reduces oxygen in the water for fish and can be toxic to humans. Control the release of phosphorus by:

  • Reducing the applications of lawn fertilizers
  • Disposal of pet wastes
  • Reduce laundry and dish washing detergent
  • Wash your vehicle on your lawn or at a commercial car wash
  • Look for product labels that do not include phosphorus or phosphates


Removal of Animal Waste

The owner or person having immediate control of a cat or dog shall promptly remove and dispose of in a sanitary manner, any feces left or deposited by the cat or dog upon public or private property, not owned or possessed by such person.  It is unlawful for any person to permit a cat or dog to be on public or private property not owned or possessed by such person unless such person has in his immediate possession an appropriate means of removing animal feces. City of Waupaca Municipal Code Licenses and Permits Chapter 12.192(4)(e)(1-2).


Outdoor Warning Siren Activation in the City of Waupaca

The sirens in the City of Waupaca will activate when:

• The National Weather Service places Waupaca County/City of Waupaca under a TORNADO WARNING.
• A trained weather spotter observes an actual funnel cloud and the sighting has been confirmed.
• When there are straight-line winds or downbursts in excess of 90 mph.

Even if the sirens are not activated, you should not hesitate to take shelter if you feel the weather is dangerous. You are responsible for your own safety! OUTDOOR warning sirens are used to warn people who are OUTDOORS. Do not rely on hearing them in your home. Sirens can be damaged during a storm before a tornado develops and will not activate. If a storm approaches while you are sleeping with the windows closed, air conditioner running, television on, etc, you will likely not hear the OUTDOOR warning siren. 

To stay safe during severe weather you should use a variety of sources to include:
• Know what the weather forecast is for the day and monitor it for changes.
• Own a NOAA Alert Weather Radio. The radio will activate INDOORS for severe weather watches and warnings.
• If the skies indicate an approaching storm, take the initiative and turn on your television and radio. In addition, there is a wealth of internet and social media sites that can give you current weather information.
• Sign up for weather alerts on your cell phone.

There are many tools out there to give you information about severe weather. It is your responsibility to stay safe during a severe weather outbreak!

Sign up for CodeRED


Learn more about the new emergency communication system the City of Waupaca and Waupaca County will be utilizing and get signed up.

Waupaca County Contracts with CodeRED to Provide Emergency Notification Services to Community


Following an extensive and thorough evaluation and review of alerting systems, the County of Waupaca has implemented the CodeRED system, a high-speed emergency notification service provided by Ormond Beach, FL-based Emergency Communications Network.


The CodeRED system will serve as the backbone of the County’s emergency planning and communications outreach to both citizens and City personnel by using the system capabilities to send telephone calls, text messages, emails and social media in an effort to effectively inform residents to protect life and property. CodeRED, among other notification systems available, was selected for its unrivaled reliability and accuracy, as well as the system’s global use.


“CodeRED’s robust system will provide city/county officials with a reliable, easy-to-use interface to quickly disseminate critical information to our citizens during emergencies. We are very eager to use this technology to enhance our emergency preparedness plans,” said Sheriff Brad Hardel. The City’s and County anticipates using the system to notify residents in specific geographic locations of fires, floods, drinking water emergencies and missing children notices.


The County has been provided an initial database of residential and business telephone numbers, however all residents living within Waupaca County limits are encouraged to visit and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll additional contact information including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses.


Public safety officials across the United States have credited CodeRED notifications for many successful events including locating missing children, apprehending wanted criminals and issuing timely evacuations.