From LINKS Community Center
Publishing Organisation:U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Disaster Management Phase
Always observe state and local restrictions on water use during a drought.
Contact your state or local government for current information and suggestions.
Indoor Water Conservation Tips During a Drought
- Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily.
- Dispose of tissues, insects and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
- Take short showers instead of baths.
- Turn on the water only to get wet and lather and then again to rinse off.
- Avoid letting the water run while brushing your teeth, washing your face or shaving.
- Operate clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or set the water level for the size of your load.
- Operate automatic dishwashers only when they are fully loaded.
- Use the "light wash" feature to use less water.
- Hand wash dishes by filling two containers—one with soapy water and the other with rinse water containing a small amount of chlorine bleach.
- Clean vegetables in a pan filled with water rather than running water from the tap.
- Avoid wasting water waiting for it to get hot.
- Capture it for other uses such as plant watering or heat it on the stove or in a microwave.
- Don't rinse dishes before placing them in the dishwasher, just remove large particles of food.
- Avoid using running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods.
- Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost setting on your microwave.
Outdoor Water Conservation Tips During a Drought
- A heavy rain eliminates the need for watering for up to two weeks.
- Most of the year, lawns only need one inch of water per week.
- Check the soil moisture levels with a soil probe, spade or large screwdriver.
- You don't need to water if the soil is still moist.
- If your grass springs back when you step on it, it doesn't need water yet.
- If your lawn does require watering, do so early in the morning or later in the evening, when temperatures are cooler.
- Water in several short sessions rather than one long one, in order for your lawn to better absorb moisture and avoid runoff.
- Use a broom or blower instead of a hose to clean leaves and other debris from your driveway or sidewalk.
- Avoid leaving sprinklers or hoses unattended.
- In extreme drought, allow lawns to die in favor of preserving trees and large shrubs.
- Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
- If you wash your own car, use a shut-off nozzle that can be adjusted down to a fine spray on your hose.
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