As the drought season in the Southeast continues, it's important to conserve as much water as we can.  Below are suggestions to help businesses and homes conserve water.

  • Check all faucets and toilets for leaks, fix all leaks.
  • Install faucet aerators on bathroom and kitchen sink faucets.  Aerators can be found at home improvement and hardware stores and they are inexpensive.
  • Reduce the amount of water per flush in your toilet by putting a plastic one gallon jug full of water in your toilet tank.  Or, purchase dual flush toilets.
  • The toilet is not a trash can, don't flush tissues down the toilet!
  • Don't leave faucets running while washing dishes.
  • Don't thaw out meat but running water over it.
  • Don't use your garbage disposal.
  • Put a pitcher or container under the faucet while waiting for water to heat up - use the water collected to water plants.
  • Conduct a water audit
  • Water your outdoor plants at night and no longer than 15 minutes - overwatering is worse than underwatering.  Use your over timer to time the 15 minutes.
  • Replace shower heads with efficient, full power, water saving shower heads.  They are inexpensive and can be purchased at home improvement and hardware stores.
  • Use mulch as much as possible, plant drought resistant plants only - all local nurseries and county extension offices can tell you which plants to choose.
  • Do not cut your grass blades shorter than 1 1/2 inches, keep the blades a bit long, they suck up the water better.
  • Water grass and plants with stored rain water, rain barrels are easy to make and/or install and can be found in home improvement stores, hardware stores or online.
  • Make your own soaker hose by punching holes in plastic water jugs, then fill the jugs with stored water and place at the base of trees, bushes and plant groupings.
  • Business - install rain sensor shut-off switches on your irrigation systems.
  • Do not fertilize your lawn.
  • Turn off your water shut off valve when you go on vacation.