While some of us may bristle at the thought of being told what to do with "our" water, it's important to know that many scientists feel that a combination of factors, including global climate changes, weather pattern disruptions, pollution of surface and underground water sources, and more, may severely limit the amount of clean, healthy water we have in the decades to come.
What can we do? Plenty! Everyday citizens can make changes by working together to change their water use habits. What may be very small changes for individuals and families, when multiplied by the number of people in a single town or city, can have a large positive impact on the environment! From limiting the use of water for running washing machines, to changing faucet and shower heads to limit water flow, there are simple things that everyone can do in their homes to conserve our community's drink water.
Outdoors, make sure to keep litter out of open spaces, as trash is often swept into rivers, streams, ponds, or other bodies of water that we receive drinking water from. Likewise, limit your use of water for irrigation of lawns and ornamental plants. Consider hand watering or using drip irrigation to maximize the water you do use outdoors.
For more great ideas on how to conserve water and be part of your community's long term water solution, visit the U.S. EPA's Conserving Water page today!