As compared to the Western side of the Country, the East Coast has generally enjoyed an abundance of water and is accustomed to this, often overlooking the importance of conserving water. However, human populations continue to increase and so does the demand on water resources. Over the past 30 years, water consumption has increased by 70% and continues to grow. In Charles County, groundwater resources are further constrained by geology that limits the sustainability as demand continues to increase. Water conservation is important in order to ensure adequate water resources for the future. Continual water conservation practice can prevent or postpone the need for new water supply infrastructure. By reducing water demands, utilities can extend the life of existing infrastructure and pass the savings onto consumers.
Ways to Conserve Water inside the Home (60% of household water use):
- Check and/or repair leaking faucets.
- Replace old faucets with water efficient models.
- Plug the sink when hand washing or rinsing dishes.
- Install low flow toilets, and test toilets regularly for leaks.
- Replace old showerheads with efficient models.
- Take shorter showers.
- Turn off water when shaving or brushing teeth.
- Only run full loads of laundry.
Ways to Conserve Water outside the Home (40% of household water use):
- Use drip irrigation, soil soakers or efficient sprinkler systems for watering.
- Water the lawn only when ground is dry and not more than once per week.
- Water during the coolest part of the day, in the morning.
- Pull weeds to decrease competition for water.
- Increase mowing height by 2 – 3 inches.
- Limit grass areas and use trees, shrubs and plants that require less water.
- Use an automatic shut off nozzle on hoses.
- Collect rain water for reuse in the garden.
- Cover pools to prevent evaporation.
To learn more about where our drinking water comes from and why it is important to conserve our water resources please visit the U.S. Geological Survey’s website on the coastal plain region’s aquifer system.