According to City Utilities,
While her 2-year-old tackles taking care of his teeth, mom Maggie Krogh keeps an eye on the water it takes to get her kid's mouths clean.
"For us it was just a no-brainer," she says. "We wanted to help conserve the water."
She says the lack of rain and high heat is why she's got her family in the flow of saving water.
"We started saying, 'Now wait a minute. We better stop playing in the water and pick and choose which plants we were going to water.'"
On the verge of the area's first Emergency Water Conservation Plan, City Utilities is now urging families like the Kroghs to cut down on water use immediately.
"We're below 65 percent," says Cara Shaefer with CU. "The mandatory restrictions start out at 60 percent of out water level."
And without significant rain, Shaefer says citizens can count on water restrictions within a few weeks.
The first phase of the restrictions would include cutting back on irrigating lawns, only using sprinkler systems one day a week between and But Shaefer says doing that now could help keep the water levels at bay.
"Those systems do not have to run every day or even twice a day like we see some of those running out there," she says.
CU says what you do with the water inside your home can also make a difference, like taking shorter showers and investing in an energy efficient toilet.
For moms like Maggie, the drought has taught her an unexpected lesson in coloring.
"Now going green means allowing your yard and your plants to go brown so to be green you have to go brown," she says.
If the conservation plan goes into effect, violators can be ticketed and even have their water shut off.