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Mar 24

Fix a Leak Week

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 4:23 PM by Communications Department

The Newport News Waterworks Department has been celebrating “Fix A Leak Week,” a week that serves as an annual reminder to check your household plumbing fixtures for leaks. The Waterworks Department is sharing tips and information with residentsfix Leak_SC to assist them with fixing leaks to conserve water. The average household's leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year - enough to wash nearly ten months' worth of laundry! In fact, ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. To help prevent a waste of water in your home, read the following quick facts and easy tips to help make proper repairs.

How to find leaks
Common types of leaks found in the home include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and leaking showerheads. A good method to check for leaks is to examine your winter water use. It's likely that a family of four has a serious leak problem if their water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month. Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak. One way to find out if you have a toilet leak is to place a drop of food coloring in the tank. If the color shows up in the bowl within 15 minutes without flushing, you have a leak. (Make sure to flush immediately after this experiment to avoid staining the tank.)

How to fix them
Leaky faucets can be fixed by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary. Most leaky showerheads can be fixed by ensuring a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench. If your toilet is leaking, the culprit is often an old or faulty toilet flapper. It's usually best to replace the whole rubber flapper, which is a relatively easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself project. If you do need to replace the entire toilet, look for the WaterSense label.

For more tips visit the Newport News Waterworks Facebook page and for more helpful tips.
Mar 24

Women’s History Month Series

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 4:23 PM by Communications Department

Mary Sherwood Holt

In honor of Women’s History Month, we are highlighting women who have changed and impacted the City of Newport News.

A native of Newport News, Mary Sherwood Holt's role as a leader in city government and in transportation services has been pivotal for the city. A self-proclaimed feminist, in 1972 she was the second woman elected to Newport News City Council, Mary Holt_SCafter Jessie Rattley, and served three terms until 1984. She also co-chaired the Newport News Centennial Celebration in 1996.

Her passions include transportation, conservation and beautification. Locally, she served on the commission that created PenTran, which today is Hampton Roads Transit, and successfully lobbied for green space in Newport News. She co-founded the Virginia Living Museum where the Holt Native Plant Conservatory is named after her and her late husband Quincy M. Holt. She has touched many facets of the community by volunteering her time and energy to more than 20 additional boards of various local organizations including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Junior League of Hampton Roads, the Peninsula Economic Development Council, and People to People among others.

Over the years her civic involvement extended beyond Newport News and the region to state and national levels as well. In 1985, then-Governor Charles Robb appointed her to the Commission on Local Government, a state body charged with resolving boundary disputes between political jurisdictions. At the state level she also served on the Governor’s Commission on Transportation for the 21st Century, the Virginia Board of Transportation Safety, and the executive board of the Virginia Municipal League. Nationally, she has been on the governing board of the American Public Transit Association, chaired Women in Municipal Government, and was twice a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
Mar 24

Blue Harvest Fisheries, LLC Marine Services division

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 4:23 PM by Communications Department

Blue Harvest Fisheries, LLC Marine Services division

Established in 2015, Blue Harvest Fisheries, LLC blue harvest logo_SCharvests, processes, and distributes premium Atlantic Sea Scallops, Swordfish, Tuna, Cod, Flatfish and other premium seafood products. The company’s CEO, Jeff Davis, has achieved high standards of food qualityand greater product traceability by vertically integrating the Company through acquisition. Blue Harvest Fisheries sources 90% of its seafood from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified fisheries, and all of its production facilities are Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3 certified, meaning the company meets highest industry standards for quality and food safety.

In 2016, Blue Harvest acquired two seafood processing plants in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Blue Harvest’s Marine Services division boasts a 15-vessel fleet BlueHarvestBoat_scthat has operations in Newport News, Virginia and Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Eight of those vessels were gained in 2015 when Blue Harvest acquired the Peabody Corporation, an established Newport News Seafood Industrial Park business. Their location at 675 Jefferson Avenue continues to be managed by some of the original Peabody family, offering many years of experience in scalloping and the seafood industry. The Newport News port serves as a safe haven from colder, northern temperatures and offers the freshest seafood from the Atlantic Ocean.