Doing Your Part During a Drought
Although droughts are natural events, there's a lot you can do to help lessen the impact of a drought.
In addition to following our tips on conserving water, you can do the following:
- Keep outdoor watering to a minimum. If you must water your lawn, it's best to water only in the early morning or evening.
- Double-check for leaks in faucets, toilets, hoses, etc., and repair them, if necessary.
- Add water-saving devices to toilets, faucets, showers, etc.
- Avoid washing cars, bicycles, lawn furniture, etc., when water is in short supply.
If a drought becomes very severe, officials may call for:
- Rationing, such as asking households to cut back water use by a certain percentage
- Laws, making it illegal to waste water by over watering, not fixing a leak, etc.
- Restrictions to control outdoor watering (watering only at specific times, watering only with a hand-held hose, etc.)
- Citations or fines for violations