fortunate to live in a state where water is relatively
plentiful and clean. As Vermonts population grows,
however, water conservation will play an increasingly
important role in protecting the health of our
states lakes and streams and the safety of our
drinking water supplies. Using water more efficiently
will protect and conserve drinking water supplies and
We can help
safeguard our own health and the health of our neighbors
by using less water. Water conservation improves septic
system performance, which reduces the risk of groundwater
contamination, and means less water gets diverted from
streams. Water conservation also provides energy
conservation savings as less electricity is needed to
heat, pump, and treat water.
Consider these one dozen ways to
conserve water in Vermont:
- An astounding 40 percent
of the water you use in your home is flushed down
the toilet. Placing a plastic bottle filled
with water or rocks as ballast in your toilet
tank can save several gallons of water per
flush, and more than 12,000 gallons per year for
a typical family.
full loads of laundry only, unless your
washing machine has a water-saving cycle for
small loads. Use cold water when possible, as
this saves energy.
- Repair leaking and
dripping faucets as soon as possible. A
dripping faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of
water a day; a leaking toilet up to 200 gallons a
off your faucet while brushing your teeth.
- For a glass of cold
water to quench your thirst, keep a pitcher of
water in the refrigerator. This is more
efficient than running the tap and waiting for
the water to become cold.
washing dishes by hand, dont let the hot
water run constantly for rinsing. Instead,
use one basin for soapy water and another basin
- Showers account for up to
one-third of home water use for a typical family.
Installing a low-flow shower head will
save water and money.
automatic dishwashers, wash full loads only,
unless the machine as water-saving cycle for
- Wash the family car or
truck using water from a bucket, not running
water from a hose. Use the hose only for rinsing.
- If you
must water your lawn, do so in the morning or
evening to minimize evaporation. Watering
during the heat of the day can sometimes burn a
lawn because water increases the suns
- Encourage your water
system to establish a water pricing structure
that rewards and encourages conservation.
your office and local school to adopt
To learn more about water conservation,
call the Water Supply Division of the Vermont Agency of
Natural Resources at (802) 241-3400.