The Charles River is at record low flows and the entire watershed is in severe or extreme drought. Predictions are that the drought will continue through October. Save water indoors by running full loads in washing machines and dishwashers, shortening showers and flushing toilets less often. Outdoors, stop watering and let your lawn fade to brown. It will revive with cooler weather and rainfall. Join the effort to conserve water.
99% percent of the state is in drought conditions, an area home to nearly 6.4 million people as reported by the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Conserve water now
Below are some tips on how to save water inside the house.
- Run the dishwasher and washing machines only when full.
- Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth, shave or do dishes.
- Take shorter showers. Don’t fill the tub all the way when taking a bath.
- Use the microwave, a bowl of water, or place frozen food in the refrigerator overnight instead of running the tap to thaw it out.
- Flush toilets only when necessary.
- Find and fix household leaks.
- Install water efficient showerheads- install a 2.5 gallons per minute or less showerhead.
- Install faucet aerators- reduce faucet flow to 1.5-2.5 gallons per minute.
- Install a 1.6 gallon toilet- save up to 5.4 gallons per flush depending on your current toilet model.
- Use a water and energy efficient washing machine.
- Use a high efficiency dishwasher.
- Indoor Water Conservation (Mass Water Resource Authority)
- Free Household Conservation Kit (Mass Water Resource Authority)
- Tips for Saving Water – Indoors and Outdoors (Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation)
- Tips for Indoor Water (Environmental Protection Agency)
- United States Drought Portal (National Integrated Drought Information System)
- Water Saving Tips: For Residential Water Use, Indoors and Out (Alliance for Water Efficiency)