How to Cope with a Drought

It is especially important to be aware of inefficient water usage during times of drought. Here are some ideas to keep in mind when water supplies start to dwindle.

You will need

  • Drought-tolerant plants
  • Mulch
  • Plastic bottles
  • Bricks
  • Toilet tank
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Water-saving showerhead (optional)

Step 1 Plant drought-resistant plants Reduce your water use in the yard by planting drought-tolerant varieties, mulching trees and plants, and watering your lawn only when absolutely necessary.

Step 2 Fix water leaks Fix leaks in your faucets and water pipes.

Step 3 Take short showers Take short showers and turn the shower off between soaping up and rinsing. Reducing your shower time by one or two minutes can save up to 150 gallons of water each month.

Step 4 Adjust toilet tank Place plastic bottles or bricks in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used when you flush, and don’t flush unnecessarily.

Step 5 Don't leave water running Don’t leave the water running when it’s not necessary. This includes while brushing your teeth, shaving, washing dishes, cleaning vegetables, or washing your car.

Step 6 Optimize appliance usage Operate your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full.