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While Alabama averages 55 inches of rain per year, the state also experiences drought. These may be flash droughts that last a few months or long term droughts that continue for a year or more. Since drought is a gradual onset of conditions, there is an opportunity for people to plan to conserve water around the home, which also saves money. Below is a list of easy steps people can take to conserve water in both the home and in landscaping. Following these steps will add up to big savings in water.

In The Home

  1. Check for and repair leaks in pipes, toilets, showers and faucets.
  2. Only wash when the dishwasher or washing machine has a full load.
  3. Take shorter showers (less than 10 minutes) or use less water in the bath.
  4. Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth or shave.
  5. Invest in water efficient fixtures and appliances.
  6. Use a bowl to rinse fruits and vegetables instead of running water.

In The Landscape

  1. Install a rain barrel to catch and reuse rain water.
  2. Use a soil moisture meter to determine when to water.
  3. Use a timer to water after midnight and before 10 am.
  4. Make sure sprinkler heads are watering your yard (and not the street).

Taking on a few of these actions will help stretch our water resources in times of drought and in times of plenty. You may see a savings in your water bill, too!

To learn more about Alabama’s water resources, check out the Alabama Watersheds website page.