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Tips to help conserve water

April 12, 2006

HARRISBURG, Pa. - In issuing a drought watch Tuesday for all of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty included the following tips to help in achieving a voluntary reduction of 5 percent in water usage:

  • Using washing machines and dishwashers only when loads are full.

  • Not running water continuously while shaving, brushing teeth or washing dishes by hand.

  • Refrigerating tap water to avoid running the faucet waiting for cold water.

  • Taking shorter showers.

  • Installing new shower heads and sink faucets equipped with water-saving devices, such as aerators or spray taps.

  • Repairing leaking and dripping faucets and leaking toilets.

  • Replacing older toilets with newer, low-consumption toilets.

  • Outdoor water-conservation tips include:

  • Holding back from watering lawns, unless newly seeded.

  • Limiting vehicle washing.

  • Sweeping sidewalks and driveways, rather than washing them.

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