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Adopt water-saving habits

  • Take shorter, less frequent showers-this not only saves water, but the energy necessary to heat it.
  • Don't use the garbage disposal. Compost instead.
  • Run the dishwasher and the laundry machine only when full.
  • Wash cars rarely, or better yet, take them to a carwash. Commercial carwashes use less water per wash than home washers, and they are also required to drain used water into the sewage system, rather than storm drains, which protects aquatic life.
  • Avoid hosing down or power-washing your deck, walkways, or driveway.
  • Regularly look for and fix leaks.

Protecting Our Water

Adopt Your Watershed. To encourage stewardship of the nation's water resources, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is leading an "Adopt Your Watershed" campaign. Through this effort, EPA challenges citizens and organizations to join us and others who are working to protect and restore our valuable rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes, ground water, and estuaries.

How to Conserve Water and Use It Effectively. This site offers advice on sustainable practices for residential water users, including plumbing, landscaping, and behavioral practices.  It also outlines conservation practices for industrial/commercial and agricultural water users.

What You Can Do to Prevent Urban Stormwater Pollution. Bulleted lists on this site suggest how individuals and organizations can help prevent urban stormwater and other kinds of non-point source pollution.

Water Efficiency. EPA’s WaterSense partnership program makes it easy for Americans to save water and protect the environment.

Source: EPA Sustainability

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