Not sure about you, but we don’t want
any more stress! Unfortunately,
drought happens somewhere in the country every year stressing our resources.
When reservoir water levels get lower and groundwater tables drop, water supplies, human health, wildlife, and the environment are put at serious
risk. For instance, lower water levels can contribute to higher concentrations of natural and human pollutants.
It’s easy to forget that water is also used in ways we don’t see every day
– to grow food, manufacture goods, keep businesses running, and to
meet the nation’s energy needs.
The average family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home
and 70 percent of this use occurs indoors. Nationally, outdoor water use
accounts for 30 percent of household use. This can be higher in drier
parts of the country and those with more water-intensive landscapes.
Public water suppliers are doing their part to help their customers save
water. What can well owners do? Glad you asked. First, we think it is
important to know how much water you are using, especially for well
owners since we do not receive a water bill that tells us. This Water
Footprint Calculator is the best we’ve seen. It is very thorough and at the
end you can have the report emailed to you.
Water conservation practices can mean the difference between getting
through a dry spell or the cost and inconvenience of having the well run
dry. Try to limit the demand on your well by spreading out your daily and
weekly water-use activities, such as bathing, watering the garden, and
washing dishes or clothes. Use a water delivery service for large water
uses like filling a pool rather than using your well. Take the time to repair
dripping faucets or leaking toilets. Invest in water-efficient fixtures for
faucets and showerheads and replace older toilets with low-flow models.
Even seemingly small measures can save thousands of gallons of water
per year! Find out how much you can save and a list of efficient products.
And keep an eye on the Drought Monitor map throughout the summer.