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Water Conservation 

Water conservation for homes and businesses makes sense anytime, but is especially important during times of drought. Here are a few water conservation recommendations:

  • Municipalities which own or manage water supply systems should encourage all users to conserve water.
  • Drought impacts vary by location and by water supply source. Users should check local conditions and follow conservation guidelines outlined by their local water supplier.
  • The highest volume water uses at home are for the toilet, laundry/clothes washer, shower and bath – use them wisely. Taking a brief shower, not leaving the water running while shaving or brushing your teeth and fixing leaky faucets can save hundreds of gallons of water each month.
  • Lawn and landscaping watering is among the largest outdoor uses of water. Users should voluntarily cutback on outdoor watering or adhere to any mandatory local restrictions.
  • When it does rain, a rain barrel connected to a downspout can provide hundreds of gallons of free water each growing season for use on plants and gardens.
  • Agricultural users of water from the rivers, lakes and streams of Illinois are encouraged to exercise water conservation measures and use only a reasonable amount from the source from which they are drawing water; don’t dry up the stream, and don’t get into unnecessary competition with neighbors.
  • Industrial users of rivers, lakes and streams should implement water conservation measures to the extent possible to minimize the potential impacts on public use of those waters.

For more sensible water-saving suggestions for homes and businesses: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/

Related Documents

Community Water Systems That Have Taken Local Action in Response to Early Drought Conditions (PDF, 498 KB)