In case of an emergency call 911
The City owns and operates its own natural gas department. In 1955 the gas line proposal was voted on and approved. In 1956 and 1957 the gas line pipe was installed. The first resident service was installed on November 16, 1956. Since that first day, Aledo gas department has had uninterrupted service. Today we have approximately 35 miles of main pipeline and supply natural gas to 1700 homes and businesses.
In the event of a gas emergency please evacuate your home and call for assistance from a safe location. The City would like to remind you that you may call City Hall during weekday hours ( Monday - Friday; 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. After hours you may reach:
Don Korns 309.221.9078 or Luke Salmon 309.221.9075
Also, you may reach the Mercer County Sheriff's Department 309.582.5194 and they will dispatch a City Utility Representative to your home.
Energy Savings Tips
- Weather strip your doors and windows
- Storm windows can reduce heat lost by single-paned windows by 25-50%. An alternative temporarily cover windows with plastic sheeting
- Close drapes and shades at night t prevent heat loss. Open drapes and shade in the daytime to let in sun
- Furnaces should be checked before the start of the heating season by a HVAC professional
- Consider replacing old, inefficient natural gas appliances
- Use programmable thermostats properly to reduce heating costs
- Use ceiling fans to push warm air down and circulate heat
- Use a humidifier to make the air feel more comfortable at lower temperatures. Near the end of your shower, close stopper and let some of that hot water sit in the tub. It will add humidity to the air
- Close doors and heat registers in rooms that are seldom used
- Install insulation blanket and water pipe installation to hot water heater
- Lower thermostat at night and use an electric blanket
- Use Ceiling fans efficiently, in the winter, reverse the blades so air blows down.
- Turn the dial down on the hot water heater
- Consider attaching a small diverter to your dryer vent: With a diverter, in the winter you can send warm moist air into your house, instead of into the back yard. Flip the lever for summer use
- Add insulation to your attic and insulate unfinished walls in basements and crawlspaces
- Plant trees that lose their leaves in the fall on the south, east and/or west sides of home to permit winter sunlight to reach and warm your home. Create a windbreak with evergreen trees and shrubs to stop chilling winds
Water and Sewer
The Citys water system consists of three (3) 90' deep wells. Water is pumped at a 900 gallons per minute (gpm) rate to two (2) four-cell iron and manganese removal sand filters. Following filtration 600gpm of water is directed to a 650,000gpd (gallon per day) reverse osmosis unit while 200gpm is aerated and directed to a 300,000 gallon holding tank. Of the 600gpm water directed to the reverse osmosis unit, 150gpm is wasted to a settling lagoon and the remaining 450gpm of softened water (8 grains per gallon) is aerated and pumped to Aledo. Consumer use for Aledo is approximately 390,000 gallons a day with approximately 1700 homes and businesses connected to the water system.
Prior to this the estalishment of the water treatment plant the system consisted of two (2) deep wells approximately 1,300 feet deep and a distribution network that was initially constructed in 1889. Currently the City of Aledo has approximately 32 miles of water main, 290 fire hydrants and two (2) 150,000 gallon elevated storage tanks. Finally, the sewage system consist of two (2) lift stations and two (2) gravity fed lagoons entailing aeration and rock filters tertiary treatment built in 1987.
Tips to Conserve Water
We drink very little of the millions of gallons of water that are treated every day for drinking. Generally speaking, less than 1% of the water produced by water treatment facilities is actually used for drinking. The average use of water in the home is 26% for flushing toilets, 20% for showers and baths, 15% kitchen and bathroom faucets, 3% cleaning, 23% laundry and 13% for leaks.
- Use full loads of laundry whenever possible
- Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run
- Fill your dishwasher full (running dishwasher after 10:00 PM also helps reduce the demand on the water treatment facility during peak hours.
- Don't let the water run while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face
- Replace shower heads with low-flow nozzles
- Limit the length of your shower to 5 min or less. (Reducing showering time by 1 minute can save 1,000 gallons of water a year)
- Take shower vs. bath, typical bath takes about 40 gal of water
- Install inexpensive faucet aerators in your bathroom and kitchen taps
- Most toilets installed before 1980 use 5-7 gallons of water per flush, 1980â€”1993 use 3.5 gallons per flush and since 1994 1.6 gals per flush. Consider replacing older toilets to a 1.6 gal
- Check your toilet for leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank, wait 10 min. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl, you have a leak, which should be repaired immediately.
- Don't water outdoor plants until they need it
- Capture and recycle rainwater by placing barrels or buckets beneath your downspouts, use water cans, whenever possible
- Water early in the morning and don't water if rain is in the forecast
City Hall would like to remind you that you may call City Hall during weekday hours ( Monday - Friday; 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Also, in case of a water emergency you may contact:
Mark Blythe 309.221.9056 or Travis Matlick 309.221.6688