Red Cross issues water conservation tips during drought

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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