Even with recent rain and snow in Connecticut, the state is still suffering from a severe drought, with inland Connecticut nearly 20 inches below the average rainfall. The Regional Water Authority is asking both residents and businesses to reduce water use by 10 to 15%.
Under these dry conditions, it's important for residents to conserve as much water as possible. The Regional Water Authority, located in New Haven, CT, discusses ways to conserve water during the drought.
These three tips can help you conserve water in your home:
- Turn Off Water While Washing Your Hands: It’s not necessary to leave the water running while you're washing your hands. You can save a few gallons of tap water by turning the faucet off while you lather your hands with soap until you’re ready to rinse them off.
- Shorten Your Shower: Try to complete your entire shower in three minutes by streamlining your routine as much as possible. Using cold water can help you speed up your shower time. To take an even greater step toward conserving water, consider skipping a hair wash; for most of us it’s not necessary to shampoo your hair every day.
- Make Your Dishwasher Efficient: Dishwashers use the same amount of water whether you're washing a full load of dishes or just a few, so fill it up before starting a load. You can also save clean water when you skip pre-rinsing your dishes by hand. Modern dishwashers do a great job cleaning all the food off, making pre-rinsing a waste of time and water.
The Regional Water Authority supplies high-quality tap water to communities in the New Haven area while working to protect vital natural resources. Give them a call at (203) 562-4020 to speak with a member of their team about conservation efforts. You can also visit them online for more information about the water and services they provide to their water district.