The department is now urging compliance with water conservation requests made by public water systems during these summertime peak water demand periods.
"Wise use of water by
individual customers can make a dramatic difference in whether shortages are
experienced," says Jeff Stone, director of the Engineering section at
The department is offering the following suggestions:
-Comply with water conservation
guidelines that your water system may request or require such as watering on
-Water your lawn only when it needs it. Deep soak the lawn rather than sprinkling lightly which tends to evaporate quickly.
-Water during the cool part of the day such as early morning.
-Don't waste water on gutters, driveways, and sidewalks.
-Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch will hold moisture longer and slow evaporation.
-Use automatic dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads.
-Don't let the faucet run when cleaning vegetables or washing dishes. Rinse them in a stoppered sink or pan of clean water.
-Don't let the water continuously run when brushing your teeth or shaving.
-Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. Running tap water to cool it off for drinking is wasteful.
-Check faucets, pipes, and toilets for drips or leaks.
-Use a broom to clean sidewalks-not a hose.
-Take a quick shower instead of a big bath.
-Install water-saving showerheads or flow restrictors.
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