Due to local drought conditions, the City of Washington’s water table indicates a reduction of four feet over the last three to four months, and demand per day is in excess of 300,000 gallons. If this trend continues, it could trigger a Stage 1 Water Watch as indicated in the City of Washington’s Municipal Water Conservation Plan.
The City of Washington is asking the public to voluntarily conserve water by taking steps to reduce consumption, including:
- Reducing or ceasing outside watering or irrigation.
- Repair leaks/drips promptly. A single leaky faucet or running toilet can lose a significant amount of water per day.
- Shorten the length of showers.
- Avoid running large appliances such as washer, dishwasher, etc. during peak hours (1-9 pm).
- Run washer or dishwasher only when full.
- Don’t use running water to thaw frozen food.
- Conserve water outside as well as inside the home. Water lawns and plants in the early morning or late evening to avoid excessive evaporation.
- Sweep sidewalks, drives and patios rather than hosing them down.
- Turn off the water while you shave or brush your teeth.
- When changing your pet’s water, don’t throw out the old water; use it to water your plants.
- Collect the water you use to rinse fruits/vegetables, and use it to water your plants.
When you conserve water, you save money, save water, and help protect the environment. It may also be a way to help avoid severe shortages in the future.
Taking voluntary conservation measures now may prevent further action at a later date.