BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A whole lot of western New Yorkers are looking for a rainy day.
With the ongoing drought this Summer, the American Red Cross has issued a list of tips for locals on how to conserve water.
Here are their tips for indoor water conservation:
- Repair dripping
- Make sure homes are leak-free.
- Take shorter showers.
- Don’t let the water run while brushing teeth, or shaving.
- Operate dishwashers only when they are full using “light wash” feature.
- Start a compost pile as an alternate way to dispose of food waste.
- Only operate laundry machines when they are full, or set the water level according to the size of your load.
- When purchasing a new appliance, choose one that is energy and water efficient.
Here are their tips for outdoor water conservation:
- Reuse excess water to water lawn and garden.
- Keep lawn and garden watering to a minimum and water in short sessions.
- Use mulch to retain moisture in the soil.
- Plant native and/or drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs, and trees.
- Cover pools and spas when not in use to reduce evaporation of water.
- If you have a well at home, check your pump periodically. If the pump turns on and off while water is not being used, you have a leak.
The Red Cross also encouraged residents to be informed about water conservation and the drought by doing the following:
- Contact your local water authority or utility district, or your local emergency management agency for information specific to your community.
- Participate in public conservation meetings
- Follow water conservation and water shortage rules. You’re included in the restrictions even if your water comes from a private well.