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Nearly every part of our country experiences periods of reduced rainfall. If we plan for drought, then we can enjoy the benefits of normal or rainy years and not get caught unprepared in dry years.

What to do during a drought

Always observe state and local restrictions on water use during a drought. If restricted, for example, do not water your lawn, wash your car, or other non-essential uses, to help ensure there is enough water for essential uses. Contact the Cherokee County Water Authority for current information and suggestions.

Other suggestions
  • Participate in public water conservation meetings conducted by your local government, utility or water management district.

  • Follow water conservation and water shortage rules in effect. You are included in the restrictions even if your water comes from a private well.

  • Encourage your employer to promote water conservation in the workplace.

  • Patronize businesses that practice water conservation, such as restaurants that only serve water upon request.

  • Report water losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, errant sprinklers, abandoned free-flowing wells, etc.) to the property owner, local authorities or your water management district.

  • Encourage your school system and local government to help develop and promote a water conservation ethic.

  • Support projects that will lead to an increased use of reclaimed wastewater for irrigation and other uses.

  • Support efforts that create a concern for water conservation among tourists.

  • Promote water conservation in community newsletters, on bulletin boards, and by example. Encourage your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to "be water smart."

  • Conserve water because it is the right thing to do - even when someone else is footing the bill, such as when you are staying at a hotel.

  • Try to do one thing each day that will result in saving water. Every drop counts!

  • Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it. Use it to water your indoor plants or garden.

  • Make sure your home is leak-free. When you are certain that no water is being used in your home, take a reading of the water meter. Wait 30 minutes and then take a second reading. If the meter reading changes, you have a leak!

  • Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. One drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year!

Are you ready?
  • Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it. For example, use it to water your indoor plants or garden.

  • ​​Check all plumbing for leaks and have any leaks repaired by a plumber.

  • Retrofit all household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.

  • Install an instant hot water heater on your sink.

  • Insulate your water pipes to reduce heat loss and prevent them from breaking.

  • Install a water-softening system only when the minerals in the water would damage your pipes. Turn the softener off while on vacation.

  • Choose appliances that are more energy and water efficient.

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