The drought marches on

By Ken Esten Cooke—

We are thankful for the recent rains and cooler temperatures, but it’s times like these when we all need reminding that we are still in the throes of a serious drought.

During this seventh month, here are seven tips to help you save this precious resource:

1. Don’t run the faucet while brushing teeth, shaving, washing your hands or hand-washing dishes.

2. Reuse cooking water on the garden rather than dumping it down the drain.

3. Reuse towels and wear jeans again. (Men usually do this naturally.)

4. Take shorter showers. Every minute you shave off your shower saves 2.5 to 7 gallons per minute, depending on your fixtures.

5. Skip the half loads. Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine until they are full.

6. Water in the morning or evening to reduce water lost to evaporation.

7. Reuse glasses and plates throughout the day, instead of getting a new one each time.

If we all do our part, we can all weather this drought and save this precious resource.

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