Many communities in New England are wrestling with the challenge of supporting growth and its associated demand for safe drinking water and wastewater disposal, without depleting aquifers and reducing stream flows. As land development continues in New England, it is becoming increasingly difficult to balance these needs and some areas are experiencing water shortages, reduced stream flow and degraded water quality.
Water conservation is an important tool for reducing water demand, and limiting water use should be an everyday practice for people and businesses in New England. Water efficiency measures can lead to significant reductions in water and sewer costs. Many guides are available which describe ways that residences and businesses can conserve water. In many instances, water is wasted by old habits, like leaving the water running when we brush our teeth, and using old appliances like toilets which were built before conservation standards took effect. Water conservation may require changing old habits and re-thinking the way we do things.
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Water Conservation Tips/Guidelines
Other Information Sources
- H2ouse-Water Saver Home
- MA Department of Environmental Protection-Water Conservation and Management
- Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection - Water Conservation
- New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services-Water Conservation
- Water Use It Wisely
- Alliance for Water Efficiency
- Greening EPA - Water Conservation
- US Drought Monitor
- EPA Energy STAR and Water Efficiency, Portfolio Management